Important Things to Know About Packaging

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If you have started with a new business, you must be looking for foolproof solutions for your business to grow. The business that ignores the basics of attracting the customers often fails to attract people for being their repeat customers. Especially, if the business is product related, you cannot afford to overlook the role of packaging in the marketing of your business.

There are a few packaging factors that play an important role in the performance of the product in the market. The important factors that every businessman needs to consider for successfully selling his/her product in the market is:

You need a package for selling your product - I hope all of you agree with this  point. A product without a package is like a half-baked bread that neither looks good nor tastes good. There is no product in  the market that has no packaging. The package works like a clothing to the product that speaks for and about the item that is inside it.  So, it has to be attractive and self-explanatory.

The package must not cost more than 10% of the total cost of the product The basic rule for success of any product related business is that it must not cost more than 8-10% of the actual cost of the product. The fact is that the cost of the package depends a lot on the nature of the product getting packaged. It is often seen that the cost associated with the packaging of high-end goods is lower than the commodity items or the products where the packaging is more elemental than the product itself. Even the packaging material for transportation requires a careful thought as it may suck the huge part of the businessman's budget. It needs careful planning before implementation.

The package must be promoted - It is mandatory for every package to offer protection to the body of the product, but at the same time it has to be promotional. Packaging needs to be promotional in the sense that it must be able to attract the target customers and must communicate the message to the right audience. Don't get overwhelmed by the competition in the market, but try to focus on the color, design, language and packaging material that has the power to attract your target demographics.

Focus on large quantity orders - Ordering larger packaging quantities is beneficial both for the manufacturer of the product and packaging material supplier. It will save money to both the parties, though, in the beginning, it may be difficult for the product manufacturers to place such huge orders.

Stick to quality packaging - Mediocre packaging may lead to the failure of your product. Stick to high-quality packaging material with a well-designed exterior.

Marketing a product from a new seller is a big challenge. It is important to consider the above  aspects related to packaging along with the other marketing gimmicks.

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Vital DIY Restoration Tips From The Furniture Guy

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If you enjoy working on relatively small projects, perhaps you should research furniture renovation. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be an expert joiner to restore pieces to a reasonable condition, or to transform the look of them. Of course, if you come across an antique piece that you suspect might be worth thousands, I advise you to leave the restoration to the experts.

An old chair is the perfect project to start. You often find that the upholstery is ragged, and the structure is rickety. Here are a few tips to help you turn it into a useful item of furniture that you can keep or sell; that is up to you.

Remove the upholstery. You can use a selection of screwdrivers and some pliers to pull the old tacks out. Make sure that you remove them all, or you might injure yourself on bits of metal as you work.

When you have with only the frame, you must strip it of the old coating, whatever it may be. There are two options.

  • Buy a can of paint stripper and do the job yourself. You must apply it with a brush and wait for an hour or so for it to work on the varnish or paint. Then you use a scraper to remove it and reveal the wood. It is often necessary to repeat the process two or more times. You must wear protective clothing, gloves, and a face mask at all times when using caustic products.
  • Send the piece away where the experts will dip it into a tank of chemicals to remove the coating. They will return it to you in a clean condition. It doesn’t cost much and presents no danger to you.

I think you can guess my preferred method to strip oak furniture. Why make the job more difficult than it needs to be?

You need to tackle the loose joints that hold the sections of the chair together. The best way is to use a hammer and a block of wood to separate them. When they are apart, try to remove the old glue from the tenons with a chisel. You can buy hot melt wood glue from and lots of other places. It is ideal for this project because it will set quicker than PVA. Apply a liberal coating to the mortise and tenon and reassemble the joint. Clamp the pieces together until the glue is dry.

Spray guns don’t cost a lot of money, and they do a splendid job when you re-varnish the frame. They leave no brush marks or runs, so I advise you to buy one and learn how to use it. It will serve you well in your new hobby. You might need to thin the coating with some white spirit for it to spray well; that will come with experience.

The frame is now ready to take the new upholstery. If you are not a fashion guru, ask your partner for advice. It will be a shame to spoil all of your hard work with the application of a horrible material. Buy an electric staple gun to make the job easy.

As you restore pieces, your skill and knowledge will grow. Some people who took up this hobby went on to make a living from it. You could achieve that one day if you work hard and learn. It will always bring in some cash on the side when you sell the fruits of your labour. That is a fantastic result.

How To Install A Glittering New Bathroom Suite In Just One Weekend

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There comes a time in every DIY enthusiasts life when they decide to install a new bathroom suite. Yes, you may think that it is beyond your capabilities at the moment, but when you break it down, the job is quite simple. You don’t need any specialist tools to undertake the work, and if you plan well, you can replace the entire suite in one weekend.

We are going to take a look at the process today so that you can approach the project with confidence. What is the worst that can happen if things go wrong? You will have to call a plumber to finish the job. That’s not the end of the world; I’m sure you agree. This home improvement is one of the most satisfying weekend challenges you can enjoy.

Choose The New Suite
Visit the showrooms to find a replacement suite. If you are wise, you should select one that has the same dimensions as the one you are removing. That makes the job easy. Unless you have a separate cubicle, I suggest that you install a futuristic shower bath instead of the standard one. The L shaped units take up little extra space and the connections for the taps and waste pipes are just the same as any other unit.

Pipe Joints
You should use compression joints instead of those that require a gas torch and solder. People have damaged a new suite in the past when they accidentally burn it with a gas flame. All you need for the compression joints is a spanner. They work by compressing an olive around a pipe when you tighten the nut. The olive makes a watertight seal between the pipe and the joint. When you know how they work, you can use them on the hot and cold pipes.

Here is the process for swapping the suite.

  • Turn off the water at the stop tap which is probably under the kitchen sink.
  • Run the taps and flush the toilet until water ceases to flow.
  • Disconnect the water pipes from below the taps and from the toilet cistern.
  • Remove the old suite.
  • Assemble the new toilet and cistern. The outlet should slide into the soil pipe; they are a standard size.
  • Fix the cistern to the wall and reconnect the cold water supply to it.
  • Fit the support assembly to the bath and manoeuvre it into position.
  • Connect flexible hoses to the old pipes and attach them to the bottom of the taps. It is more convenient than making changes to the pipes.
  • Attach a new trap and connect the waste pipe to it.
  • Use flexible hoses for the wash basin too. It can be difficult to get at the joints below those taps.

That is a simplified version of the project. You will face difficulties, but that is part of the fun. Even so, there is no reason you can’t fit the new suite in just one weekend. It is hard work, but your bathroom will look fabulous afterwards. I hope you enjoy the renovation; plumbing is great fun as long as you don’t flood the house. That is unlikely to happen as long as you check that all of the joints are dry when you reinstate the water supply.

Amazing Ways to Use LED Lighting in Your Home

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LED lighting is a more modern lighting solution that could soon replace the majority of lights both in homes and public places. They use less energy than conventional bulbs. So they save you money on energy bills, and they're better for the environment. LED lights also produce less glare than other bulbs. Switching to LED lights at home is quite simple and could completely change the way you run your home. You'll save money, and you can change the way you light your home with different colour bulbs. Choose a warm yellow or orange light, or a cool white or blue one. LED bulbs can last years, so you won't have to change them often. You can use them in lots of different ways in your home, including as strip lights in your kitchen or bathroom, or as spotlights.

Use LEDs Underneath Furniture and Fixtures

Bring some light to specific aspects of the room by lighting them from below. You could install strip lights underneath kitchen cabinets or LED bars underneath a bed. Illuminating furniture and fixtures from below can create a more subtle light. LED lights don't have to be very bright, and both a bright and soft light can look great emitting from a dark space underneath something. It helps to light up every corner of the room and is an effect that can even create a warm and romantic feeling.

Light Up a Staircase

Make sure your staircase isn't neglected, by running LED lights along the wall or handrail. This look works best with a modern staircase, perhaps a floating set of wooden stairs. Use white or yellow light to keep things simple, or add a splash of colour to brighten up a plain staircase. Look at for more creative ideas for LED lights in unusual places.

LEDs in Your Garden

Using LED lights in your garden is even better than using them indoors. If you have outdoor LEDs, you can use solar powered lights to keep them going without raising your energy bill. Most LEDs designed for outdoor use will charge during the day, and then automatically come on at night and switch off in the morning. You could hang a string of lights on your patio or through your trees and bushes. Or use stake lights to drive them into your lawn or flower borders and illuminate your whole outdoor space.

Cover the Ceiling

If you have a large room with high ceilings, dot spotlight LEDs around the ceiling to make sure the light reaches every corner. Use recessed lights to hide them in the ceiling, but combine them with other fittings if it gives a look that's too flat. You can play with different colours too and make your room more fun by using green, blue, red or purple instead of just yellows and whites.

Eventually, you could replace all the lights in your house with LED. If you want to be even more environmentally-friendly, combine LEDs with a solar panel.

Create an Outdoor Oasis - Garden Design Tips for Lazy Gardeners

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An outdoor space is something to savour. It is a place you can go to enjoy some fresh air, soak up a bit of sunshine on a warm summer’s day, relax, and if you are the sociable type, you can use your garden to entertain. Some people treat their garden as a hobby. They enjoy spending their weekends weeding, trimming, planting and experimenting with new gardening techniques. Sadly, not all of us are blessed with the time or inclination to take up gardening, so if you are a lazy gardener, what is the best way to design a low-maintenance garden?
The ultimate low maintenance garden would be one with absolutely nothing in it or, in other words, a patch of gravel or concrete. Of course, this type of garden would not exactly be very attractive, although it would be a useful car parking space, so if you want a garden you can use for relaxing in, you need to come up with a better design.

No Grass = Less Work

Mowing the lawn is one of the most labour intensive tasks in a garden. Depending on the size of your lawn, it could easily take up to two hours to cut the grass. At the peak of the summer growing season, your lawn will need cutting at least once per week, which is a significant time drain. One way to reduce the workload is to getrid of the lawn.
Replace a section of your lawn with a decking area or large patio. This will require a fair amount of work in the short term, but in the long term you can enjoy a low maintenance garden. A patio is great for entertaining, so buy some new patio furniture and organise a summer BBQ. You could plant colourful flowers in pots and containers if you want some visual interest on your patio, or fix some trellis to the wall and plant a fragrant climber instead.

Use Weed Membrane

Weeds are a real nuisance and unless you are willing to spend a lot of time fire fighting, it is very difficult to keep on top of the weed situation. One way of keeping the local weed population down is to use weedmembrane in your flower beds. For best results, start from scratch and lay weed membrane on freshly dug soil. Next, you need to plant your flowers and shrubs through the membrane before covering it with woodchip or stone chippings. The plants will grow, but the weeds won’t, which means a lot less work. 

Stone, Gravel and Low Maintenance Plants

Japanese gardens tend to feature lots of gravel and stones with ornamental grasses and low maintenance plants. This type of garden looks fantastic and thanks to a lack of grass or bedding plant, it won’t require much work on your part to keep it looking in tip-top condition.

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