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How to Defuse Confrontations in Street Photography

How to Defuse Confrontations in Street Photography

If you are a street photographer chances are that some people may take issue with the images you take of them while you are out and about from time to time, here are some tips from Eric Kim for diffusing those tricky situations.
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How To Restore Old Wooden Furniture

Restoring old wooden furniture is not for the faint of heart. It is not a hobby you should consider if you expect fast results and have limited patience. Then again, if you want to discover a new way of spending your time while creating something beautiful, this might be for you. Furthermore, if you become good at it, you will rescue numerous old pieces of furniture from landfills and even might make a few extra bucks in the process.

Once you have found your first project, make sure the wood is of quality and is not a veneer applied onto plywood. Restoring will add value only to pieces of furniture that have some to begin with. Check your furniture for labels or stamps from the manufacturer. If it is a valuable antique, restoring it might alter its worth. In that case, contact an expert such as glensheldon.com.au to handle the restoration. They will repair scratches, restore finishes and revitalise your heirlooms. If your furniture is not a masterpiece or you are determined to restore it yourself, you will need a place to work.

How To Restore Old Wooden Furniture

Choose a place that is well-ventilated, has plenty of light and is out of the way for your family and pets. Gather all the necessary tools for your work, preferably before you start. Use something to protect the floor where you will work, but be mindful that restoring furniture uses chemicals that potentially work through most surfaces, so avoid working on your beautiful hard wood floor. You will need protective equipment such as goggles, dust mask, cloth gloves and a long-sleeve shirt. The material required is not excessively expensive and consists of paint strippers, scraping tools of various shapes and sizes (spatulas, toothbrush, metal scraper), steel wool, rags, as well as a few items for repairs such as glue and screws.

Once you have gathered everything you need, begin with a thorough cleaning of the furniture. Using soap and warm water, wash the piece entirely and carefully, also drying it promptly with a towel. Wash it only if it seams stained or finished. You should not wet exposed wood. This step may reveal a beautiful piece of furniture that may not require as much work. If it turns out that restoration is needed, begin with small repairs and fixing broken parts. Then, take it apart, gently. You are now ready for the hard work.

How To Restore Old Wooden Furniture

The stripping process begins with the application of the stripper, either paste or liquid, one surface at the time. After letting the product sit for a bit, push the finish off with the stripping tools. Do not press hard as it could damage the wood. If the old finish is not gone with one application, repeat the process until you are satisfied. Some people recommend neutralising the stripper with the right product using a steal wool pad. To know which neutraliser to use, you should read the label on your stripper to ensure you buy the right product. Let your furniture sit for at least one day. Then, rub it gently with a steel wood pad and dust it off with a cotton rag. You are ready for the new finish.

Staining your furniture is generally not necessary, especially if you wish to resell it for a profit. If you must stain it, apply the stain gently, on faded area first and wipe off extra stain. You must know that if you use paint, your furniture will lose all resale value as an antique. For the finishing touch, use polyurethane or epoxy varnishes or finishing oil. Apply in thin layers and let dry thoroughly between each application. Make sure you dust the furniture before each application. If you wish to eliminate the gloss, rub gently with a piece of steel wool. You can also add a thin layer of furniture wax.

Your project is almost complete, you only need to reassemble your furniture and enjoy it.

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Compagnon is Trying to Create the Ultimate Explorer Camera Backpack

Compagnon is Trying to Create the Ultimate Explorer Camera Backpack

There’s no question that a sturdy camera bag or backpack to protect precious gear is a must for every photographer. But not everyone gets the right one straight away, whether in terms of style, functionality, or design.  Fortunately for us, there are many independent brands that continuously churn out options for the discerning photographer. The latest to join the roster is German backpack maker compagnon with a crowdfunding campaign to manufacture “the most comfortable camera backpack.”
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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wardrobe Space

Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes but not a thing to wear? Do you, like most women, wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time? Wardrobe organisation is the key to end your troubles. With properly arranged storage space for all your garments and accessories, you’ll have a place for everything and everything in its place. Here’s how to achieve the holy grail of a properly organised wardrobe.

  1. Start with the right space

Wardrobe efficiency starts with having practical, functional wardrobe space in the first place. Take a long look at your existing wardrobe and check if it really serves its purpose. Is there wasted space around the furniture that could be used better? Is the inside wardrobe space used to its full advantage?

A good wardrobe should have sufficient storage for all your needs – hanging garments, folded items, as well as space for underwear, shoes and accessories. Does your wardrobe have enough hanging space, shelving, drawers or a shoe rack for all your personal belongings?

For the ultimate in wardrobe storage, bespoke wardrobes are hard to beat. Customised to fit the wall space and taking into account all the available space from floor to ceiling, you can specify exactly what you need.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wardrobe Space

  1. Have a wardrobe clear out

Once you have the physical space to work with, it’s time to take a long hard look at your belongings and purge that closet. Set aside a rainy Sunday afternoon, put on some uplifting music on and get a friend to help if necessary.

Edit your garments by type – all the dresses and skirts, all the trousers, then shirts and knitwear etc, you get the idea. Be realistic, ruthless and totally honest with yourself as you try on each garment in turn. Have you worn it in the last year? Will you wear it in the next 12 months? If not, have 4 options for the garment: fix it (if it needs repairing, altering or dry cleaning), sell it (via a dress agency, on ebay or a car boot sale), give it away (to charity, which includes friends) or throw it away (if it is stained, damaged or no longer fit for purpose). Have no more than a handful of exceptions to the rule for sentimental reasons (e.g. wedding gown).

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wardrobe Space

  1. Summer vs winter wardrobe

Seasonal items can take up a lot of room in your wardrobe. Unless you own a huge walk-in wardrobe with endless storage space, it may be a good idea to divide your ‘edited’ results from Step 2 into summer and winter wear.

Whatever isn’t in season can placed into storage boxes or airtight containers and stored out of sight at the back of the cupboard, in the loft or in another room. The same goes for bulky items such as bedding. Once this step is complete, you’ll have more space in your wardrobe for the current season.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wardrobe Space

  1. Organise your garments logically

Now that you’re left with the ‘gold’, it’s time for the exciting bit. Invest in some high quality wooden or padded hangers for different types of garments, so you can keep your clothes in the best possible condition. Get proper shoe boxes (ideally with a picture of the shoes stuck to the front of the box) or professional shoe racking. Maybe buy some natural moth repellent such as cedar balls, Indian Lilac, cinnamon or cloves, or hang herb sachets of lavender, rosemary, thyme or bay leaves. How about some cute storage boxes for smaller items?

Of course, there is no ‘right’ way to refill your wardrobe. The best way to organise your closet is to set it up in a way that makes sense to you. Everyone is different, so when you get dressed, how do you approach your outfit – in terms of occasion? By garment type? By season? By colour? Make sure you arrange the contents of your wardrobe with this in mind.

Finally, add a mirror to the inside of one door and – Ta Dah! Well done for transforming your messy wardrobe into a practical and stylish dressing area with everything at your fingertips.

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10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

Are you considering converting your London property into an Airbnb? There are more than 64,000 Airbnb listings in London but the market is still very strong and it’s common to hear of success stories with landlords changing their rented properties into accommodation for holidaymakers. But is it right for you? Here, Dakota Murphey provides ten tips to help you convert your London property to an Airbnb listing.

  1. Consider whether Airbnb is right for you

You may have heard about other landlords having fantastic success using Airbnb, and have become interested in reaping the rewards of the market yourself. But just because one property has been very successful, it doesn’t necessary ensure that another will be. Think very carefully and look at the different options available to you before you commit.

Some new buy-to-let landlords are being put off the idea of by the idea of having to manage a long-term property rental by the perceived challenges in managing tenants. But it’s worth remembering that there are plenty of high quality estate agents offering property management in London that can take the pressure away from you if you would prefer to your property as a long-term rental.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Understand the value of location

Location is so vital when it comes to making a success of a property on Airbnb, so before you completely commit to converting a home into short-term holiday accommodation, do plenty of research into the market. Is your property in a part of London that is popular in Airbnb? If not, you might have to price it accordingly in order to make it attractive. Just become a flat has been successful on the long-term rental market doesn’t mean that it will immediately have the same appeal as an Airbnb.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Check the terms of your mortgage

It is important to check the terms of your mortgage. If you originally bought the property to live in and now want to convert it into holiday accommodation, there may be terms and conditions within your mortgage that prohibit this without getting the lender’s permission. In some cases it may even be necessary to renegotiate a mortgage to ensure that this is possible.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Let your neighbours know

You owe it to your neighbours to let them know that you are planning to let out the property as holiday accommodation – firstly so that they don’t get suspicious when they see unfamiliar people entering the home, but also so that they understand who they need to talk to if they are having problems with their neighbours.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Upgrade your insurance

Airbnb currently provides up to $1 million (or around £750,000) cover for loss or damage but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your own insurance. It is smart to upgrade your current insurance to ensure you are covered in the event of anything occurring. If you currently have any form of home insurance you should get in contact with your provider and speak to them about what you will potentially need in order to be fully covered for holiday rentals.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Decorate for simplicity

If your property is located within a trendy part of London, you may currently have it elegantly and stylishly decorated. While this might be eye-catching it’s worth noting that it can also be off-putting if the décor is too idiosyncratic. When you are decorating for your Airbnb, remember that accidents to happen along with damage and wear to furnishings, so it’s always better to decorate simply so that it can be easily repaired or repainted.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. …But be prepared to spend

Having said that, it’s important that you don’t scrimp on money when redecorating or renovating. This is especially true in a high value location like London where you will be asking tenants to pay good rates on their stay. Aside from the fact that higher quality décor will be more attractive to potential guests, it will also last longer and require replacing less frequently.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Go minimalist with furniture

It’s also true that when you are considering furnishing your Airbnb, it’s a good idea to take your inspiration from minimalist interior design. Holiday rentals do not need to heavily furnished, and often work better with more open space. So ditch the unnecessary furniture and stick with the essentials.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Think durability when buying for the property

The only thing that you really need to focus on with furniture is durability. Once again this comes down to buying with quality in mind to ensure that your sofa doesn’t get worn out within three months and need replacing.

10 Tips For Converting Your London Property For Airbnb

  1. Bulk buy toiletries

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that if you are going to provide toiletries at your Airbnb then you should save money by buying them in bulk.

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How To Deal With Damp In Period Properties

If you own an old property or are thinking of investing in a period home, look out for signs of damp. This is not necessarily a cause for alarm – properties in the past were designed and built with very different methods to those we use now – as long as you understand why the problem arises and what to do about it. In fact, with over 4 million Victorian and Edwardian properties in the UK, finding damp is a fairly common occurrence.

Does your period property have a damp proof course?

In order to deal with damp issues and in terms of architectural conservation, it is worth taking a look at how damp occurs. Modern buildings use a damp proof course (DPC) inserted above ground level to stop moisture from rising up the wall. While these days chemical DPC injections would be used, older buildings might have used slate, bitumen, jute – or nothing at all.

In Georgian times (1714-1837), physical damp proof courses did not exist. Instead, ensuring good ventilation while keeping moisture to a minimum was the way to prevent damp. Many Victorian (1837-1901) homes had solid, often rendered brick walls that could cause condensation issues and allow moisture ingress if cracked. The Victorians also used timbers that could easily become damp and rotten.

Cavity walls were first introduced during late Victorian times and DPCs became mandatory in London in 1875. The cavity wall design consists of an outer, weather protective layer and an inner, dry wall that could be decorated, with the air in between acting as a moisture barrier. At around the same time, air bricks were installed into walls and under floors to allow air to circulate.

Edwardian (1901-1915) buildings used bitumen, slate or Hessian as a DPC, along with a band of engineering bricks as a moisture barrier.

How To Deal With Damp In Period Properties

How does damp get into older buildings?

If you detect signs of damp in your period property, there are several causes to be investigated.

  • Condensation

If there is a temperature difference such as, for instance, on a cold solid surface such as a window or outside wall, condensation will occur. Musty smells or mould growth are giveaway signs. Good ventilation is key for prevention, and that includes suspended timber floors and not blocking up fireplaces.

  • Interstitial Condensation

If warm moist air from inside the home tries to move to lower vapour pressure outside but gets trapped in the building, damp can arise. Interstitial condensation can arise inside walls, in roofs and under floors when it reaches dew point and condenses into water on the inside. Any wall insulation must have a specially calculated temperature gradient to avoid the problem.

  • Penetrating damp

Moisture penetrating the building from outside can occur as a result of blocked gutters or downpipes, chimney and roof damage, failed render, structural issues and cracks. Left untreated, prolonged periods of moisture ingress can lead to

  • An unwelcoming atmosphere
  • Damage to furniture and furnishings
  • Major structural damage to the building
  • Health complications including asthma and eczema

How To Deal With Damp In Period Properties

How can you deal with damp in period buildings?

Tackling damp issues in an old building is a priority in order to preserve the structure for the long term. To find out how extensive damp is in the property in question, and for expert advice and guidance on how to remedy the situation, it is advisable to have a Damp Survey carried out by an experienced Chartered Surveyor with substantial knowledge of historic and/or listed buildings.

In addition, there are things you can do yourself to prevent the damp problem in your house from getting any worse. These include the following Do’s and Don’ts:

DO           Check external ground levels in case the DPC has been bridged, and lower them if necessary.

DO           Keep windows open on a regular basis, and install extra airbricks if needed. Extractor fans and condensation control units will also help to increase ventilation and reduce condensation.

DO           Use traditional lime based plaster and renovating plaster instead of cement.

DO           Check the DPC and renew or retrofit where required.

DON’T    Use impervious materials that can trap moisture, such as cement based pointing and render. Lime mortar is porous and breathable – a much better option.

DON’T    Inject chemical DPCs without professional help, or into engineering bricks or other non-absorbent bricks.

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