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Top Of The Best Switch Plates Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Knob Deals #31190 Single Switch Wall Plate, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
№2 – Enerlites 8833-W Decorator Switch GFCI Rocker Wall Plate, Electrical Outlet Cover, Standard Size 3-Gang, White
№3 – AmerTac 149DBN Chelsea Steel Single Duplex Wallplate, Brushed Nickel
Belkin WeMo Light Switches
Lutron Switches, are convenient because toggling them is as natural as hitting a normal light switch. Plus, you get the added smarts of remote control, scheduling and automation.
In-wall light switches are convenient to use, but take some work to set up.
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Fixed TV Wall Mount
This is the most basic type of TV wall mount, and in many situations, it can be all that you need.
It is also commonly referred to as a flat or low profile TV wall mount. We can see an example of the Mounting Dream MD2361-K Low Profile TV Wall Bracket pictured here.
Mounting Dream MD2361-K Low Profile TV Wall Bracket
This type allows the TV to be placed as close to the wall as possible without sticking out into the room. This can make the most of the thin depth of your TV. Just make sure you allow for enough room to install cables behind the TV.
If the HDMI connections on your TV are on the rear, then you might need to consider buying right-angle HDMI adapters or cables. If the HDMI ports are on the side of the TV, then this shouldn’t be a problem.
To use this type of wall bracket, you will need a good-sized wall area. This will allow the TV to be placed in exactly the right aspect and height for your viewing position.
Some wall brackets of this type allow more options for positioning as they can slide from side-to-side – but not all mounts will do this. Therefore, if you buy a low profile wall mount you will need to be very precise when you fix the mount to the wall. Once it is in position, there is no going back – without a lot of trouble!
Tilting TV Wall Mount
This is like the low profile wall bracket except it allows the screen to tilt up or down while attached to the wall.
The tilting angle is usually around 1degrees each way, but this can vary between models. As you can see from the picture of the Echogear EGLTTilting Low Profile TV Wall Mount, it looks very much like a fixed wall mount. The difference is the ability to tilt the screen up or down
Echogear EGLTTilting Low Profile TV Wall Mount
For example, if you need to install the screen higher than
You can also adjust the viewing angle slightly if you ever need to move your seating position forward or backward a little.
Angling the screen up or down can also allow you to reduce glare from windows and lights. Older-style plasma screens could often be reflective, so this was especially useful in previous years. However, many modern flat screen LED TVs can also be reflective, so this may still prove to be a useful feature.
If you are unsure between a fixed bracket and a tilting wall mount, then maybe a tilting mount would be a wise choice. It will cost a similar amount to a fixed wall mount and will have a very similar low profile design. However, it will have the added advantage of being able to tilt if required.
You can get a more detailed review in our guide to tilting flat panel TV wall mounts.
Fully Articulating TV Wall Mount
These TV wall mounts are the most versatile type that you can buy. They are sometimes called a full motion wall mount, although that term is also used with simple articulating mounts. The
They will allow you to move the screen to almost any position you could possibly want. This allows easy day-to-day alterations to the position of the screen. Like the Mount Factory PRO-XFull Motion Articulating
VideoSecu ML531BE TV Wall Mount
It has an articulating arm which can retract to the wall to save space, but which will pull out to a 20-inch extension. It is rated to support TVs up to 8lbs in weight and is suitable for TVs with a screen size from 2to 42-inches.
Sanus Classic MLT1Low Profile Tilt Wall Mount
It has a tilt of up to 10°, which they claim can be moved easily with just a touch of your finger. This can be useful to reduce glare at different times of the day. Not only that, but this mount also offers lateral movement from side-to-side. So, you can slide the TV for optimal placement even after the back plate has been fixed to the wall.
Once you have your TV in the perfect position, there is a locking mechanism to hold it securely in place. There is also an optional padlock, which is not part of this package, which can be bought to add even better security.
It isn’t a wall mount that you would get for a smaller flat screen TV, but it does support a wide range of larger TVs from 3to 80-inches.
As for the weight, it will be suitable for any TV up to a maximum of 130 lbs,
SANUS OLF1Full-Motion TV Wall Mount
Last, but not least in our top 5, comes another wall mount from our friends at Sanus. This time we look at one of their fully articulating wall mounts for larger TVs. And I mean
The OLF1model will support TVs from 3to 80 inches and a maximum of 12lbs (that’s a big TV). They say that the actual weight supported has been tested up to times this number, so you shouldn’t have any worries on
TV Screen Size
Each wall bracket that you see listed will be rated for a particular screen size – or more commonly a range of screen sizes.
Therefore, make sure that you buy the right mount for the size of your TV screen. For example, a wall mount may be rated for any screen from 2inches to 40 inches.
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Show More * Dishwashers also clean to a higher standard, as the water reaches hotter temperatures than hands can tolerate. To reach these temperatures, a dishwasher uses approx 1.5kW of energy per cycle, yet a hot water system uses 2.5kW to heat the water to fill a sink. of the appliance before you buy. The letters refer to energy efficiency, washing performance and drying performance, with A+AA-rated models the best. For energy costs, allow 11p per cycle, before detergents. * Arranging a dishwasher can feel like a Krypton Factor-style challenge, but the best now come with more flexible baskets. These can be raised or lowered to make room above or below, with racks that fold down to make way for cumbersome pots and pans. Also look out for dedicated cutlery trays
Ready to buy? Here are a few of the best selling dishwashers on the market..
Fisher & Paykel DD60DCHXBuilt-in Double DishDrawer Dishwasher, £1189, John Lewis.
Neff S51M66X0GB Full-size Integrated Dishwasher, £659, Currys
Perfect for busy families, this full-size dishwasher has capacity for up to 1place settings – perfect for clearing away after a large dinner party! With low-level water consumption, this fully integrated dishwasher has an efficient silent drive that means you’ll be able to use it in small or open plan spaces without disturbing your environment. Classic white is the perfect choice for most kitchen schemes, simple and understated. H81.W59.D55cm.
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How To Paint Electrical Switch Plates
Many homes have white or beige outlet and switch cover. This can be unattractive when your walls are painted a color. Who wants a glaring white plastic switch plate as the focal point of a beautifully bright or deeply colored décor?
Almost any wall plate can be painted, even your thermostat. Paint them ~ but do it right!
Detailed below step by step are the necessary functions needed to paint your outlet and switch plates and have quality end result.
Improper techniques can lead to your paint finish to bubble, peel or chip and look awful! Safety Information
Always read the labels, as many oil paints, stains, lacquers and varnishes are extremely toxic.
Keep out of reach of children.
For your own safety, always work in ventilated areas. Allow fresh air to circulate.
Wear protective gear, including gloves, eyewear and respirators. Always use appropriate protective gear on all exposed body areas, especially the hands and eyes.
Leave the working environment regularly to access fresh air.
Many products are highly flammable and combustible, so NEVER WORK NEAR HEAT SOURCES and DO NOT SMOKE while working with these products.
All solvents should be properly disposed of at your local facility.
Vapors are harmful. They may affect the brain or nervous system causing dizziness, headache or nausea. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage. Always follow manufacturers suggested use found on all labels.
Rag disposal: Soak soiled rags and waste immediately after use in a water-filled closed metal container.
Oil / Alkyd based products: Paints, primers, varnish and stains. These products contain petroleum solvents. Keep away from heat and flame. Avoid breathing vapors or spray mist by opening doors and windows or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience headaches, eye watering or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear a respirator (NIOSH/Msha TC 23C or equivalent) or leave the area. Avoid contact with skin. Do not smoke or use near open flame.
I recommend a NIOSH/MSHA TC-23C-161approved respirator thsat will protect you from organic vapors, paint fumes, pesticides, dusts and mists.
Not allowing your primer or paint to properly dry.
Sanding or painting the wall plate while attached to the wall.
Choose a location to paint these wall covers. Lay a tarp on a table or floor.Preparation:
TIP – cut open a large cardboard box and use that as your work area as well as to control over spray from your spray can.
Remove all of your wall plates, including telephone and cable plates. Thermostats can be painted as well. Use a screw driver to do this.
Not removing the plate from the wall is a rookie move and will not result in a professional, quality job. Plus you risk getting paint into the switch or outlet mechanism.
TIP – If you’re not painting the screws put them back into their place in the outlet or keep them safe in a plastic bag for retrieval later.
Lightly sand the surfaces of the wall plates with 2grit sand paper. Sand the entire surface that is seen when the plate is on the wall – including the edges.
Sanding is important to de-gloss the plastic and create etching so the primer adheres well. Skipping this step may cause your paint to prematurely fail.
Wipe with a damp cloth, tack cloth or wash the plates after sanding to remove sanding dust.
Clean area and prepare for priming. Failure to do this step will result in bumps and bubbles under your primer.
Work in a ventilated area.
Shake the can well before using – shake the can throughout this operation.
Hold the can to inches away from the wall plates.
Spray in an area that the primer “overspray” will not damage anything. Use a cardboard box to contain overspray
Moving the can back and forth apply the primer smoothly and evenly.
Avoid over spraying and causing drips or runs in the primer.
After the primer has dried you may apply a second coat if you did not achieve complete coverage. Several thin coats ALWAYS is better than a thick coat – prevents drips!
So you’re interested in getting the best dash cam for your needs. Great decision! There are a few things to take into consideration when deciding which dashcam to buy, but our buyer’s guide will make the process simple. Follow along with our questions so you can pinpoint which in-car video recorder is the best dashcam option for you. Ready to get started?
I only want to record out my front windshield.
Most dashcams are mounted on your windshield, the camera lens faces and records the road ahead of you, and only records outside of your car. To be more specific, these dashcams are known as single-lens dashcams because they only have the one lens. Single lens dashcams are the most common and basic type of dash cam, and they are a great introduction to protecting yourself from the hazards of driving!
If you’re looking for a straight-forward dashcam and you are only concerned with recording out the front of your windshield, take a look at our basic dash cams category.
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Head over heels for a flipped house? Here’s how to make sure you’re getting a great deal.
Many home buyers wrongly assume that a newly renovated home is, well, just that: new. They perceive it as move-in ready and free from hassles. The newly renovated home typically pulls in top dollar, because the buyer assumes it is perfect, turnkey and ready to go.
Although house-flipping shows on television often make the process seem easy and feature beautiful homes with happy stories, they don’t follow through to see how the home withstands daily use, weather patterns and typical wear and tear.
Some contractors or property flippers want to move on to the next job as soon as the first one nears completion. Others may uncover unforeseen expenses that send them over budget. As a result, their work may be rushed or subpar.
If you’re buying a flipped house — one that the seller purchased less than one year earlier — the following tips will help ensure you don’t get any unpleasant surprises after closing.
Pay attention to details
As tempting as it can be, try not to get caught up in the excitement of new appliances, marble baths and other fancy bells and whistles. By looking closely at the details, you can learn a lot about the quality of work done on the property.
Be on the lookout for telltale signs of rushed worked such as:
Cosmetic mistakes could be an indicator of larger issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye. If the flipper was sloppy on the small details, pay extra attention to other areas such as the electric panel, the water heater’s gas line, and plumbing connectors.
Get an inspection
An inspector can check the contractor’s work, and may find issues buyers would miss. For example, were renovations done to code? Did the contractor cut corners or do the bare minimum in places because of a tight time frame?
Sure, the town/city likely would have had to sign off on the renovations, but city officials are only looking at health and safety issues. The home inspector can check the house from top to bottom. It’s worth paying for an inspection to ensure the home is perfect.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Switch Plates wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Switch Plates
- №1 — Knob Deals #31190 Single Switch Wall Plate, Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- №2 — Enerlites 8833-W Decorator Switch GFCI Rocker Wall Plate, Electrical Outlet Cover, Standard Size 3-Gang, White
- №3 — AmerTac 149DBN Chelsea Steel Single Duplex Wallplate, Brushed Nickel