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Clearing your kitchen sink is easy!

Every so often I get in a hurry and clog up my kitchen sink drain! Having a disposer I guess I assume it can eat anything! If you are like me, I try to put way too much down it. Stringy vegetables, like celery are the worst! I have some tips that have worked for me that I thought I would share during this time. I did not want to add a nasty photo as we all know how bad the gunk looks standing in our sink. Obviously, try not to get it clogged in the first place. While running the water, try inserting food down into it slowly. Too much in too quickly will clog it up fast. So here are my tips for unclogging it:

First things first, unplug the disposer unit!!

  • Use a flashlight to look down the drain. Once in awhile, you can see what's in there that shouldn't be.
  • Use a pair of pliers -- or do what I do, which is use a gloved hand (it’s ok, the unit is unplugged!) — and carefully reach inside and pull out whatever shouldn't be in there. I've usually got stringy vegetables (celery is the worst for your disposal).
  • If your garbage disposal suddenly turns itself off, look on the unit for a little button that says "reset" and press it to turn it back on. Mine is hidden on the very bottom of the unit.
  • If the garbage disposal gets clogged, keep running water and turn the disposal off and then back on to see if it will push the clog through.
  • Another avenue to try is a plunger. This works great for unclogging the garbage disposal. Plug the other side of the sink (if you have a double-basin sink), and the use the plunger on the disposal side. Sometime my plunging on the clogged side isn't working, so I fill the other side of the sink with water and the plunge it through to help loosen things.

If this does not work, I resort to a liquid drain cleaner. I wanted to unscrew the pipe and clean it out, but my husband got nervous when I started talking about messing with the plumbing, and got some Liquid-Plumber Gel at Costco. I was very skeptical. I mean, if my strong arm muscles and the plunger hadn't worked , I doubted that Liquid-Plumber would work. But, in less than 24 hours, it had completely cleared the clogged drain!

Tip: Scoop all of the standing water out of the sink, so the Drano can go in full-strength. 

If you don't want to use Drano, look under the sink and find the spot in the pipes where you believe the clog is located. If you have plastic pipes, you should be able to unscrew them and unclog the area. I found directions for doing this online (Be sure to have a big bucket ready to catch everything below!)

To help maintain clean drains and pipes naturally, sprinkle baking soda in drains and then pour in some vinegar once in awhile. Remember doing this as a volcano experiment in school? Flush drains with boiling water. Doing that usually keeps all our drains running great!

Do you have any drain or clog tips to add? We'd love to hear from you! (Unfortunately I know this is not the last time I will ever clog a drain...) :)

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5 Reasons to Love Farmhouse Sinks

5 Reasons to Love Farmhouse Sinks

5 Reasons Why You Want A Farmhouse Sink

 

Farmhouse sinks, modernly known as apron sinks were initially used in rural areas, especially in farm houses, thus getting their name. They were replaced by shallow stainless steel sinks because of their huge size but now the trend is back. Today, home owners are finding it more convenient to install a farmhouse sink in their kitchen. Let me give you a few...

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We are building a Farmhouse!

We are so excited about our new adventure. Some of you know I am from Texas and proud of it! My husband, bless his heart is not but he has come around to love the state and it's people. We purchased 75 raw acres in the beautiful Hill country area where we plan on building our farmhouse. It is a big step for us coming from a large city and learning all there is to know about life in a rural area. I will start posting our journey here on the blog to share a few of the progress pics, but as you know building is time consuming. All consuming really!  I think it would be fun to share some of “before” and “during” pics. It really is such a fascinating process to see a home come to life one step at a time.

Here is our building site, at the top of a hill with scenic views. We have a old oak tree that will be in the front yard off the porch. I am sure a great place the grandkids will enjoy on a old swing. Our style will be Rustic, of course! Pinterest is such a inspirational website, where I can look up just about anything to get ideas. I hope you follow our Pinterest boards. 

We spent a few years narrowing down a builder and working with him and the architect for refinements. But now it looks like the building process of getting ready to start. We have some cedar to clear for the electrical lines which I will take photos of the process for you! We take for granted the infrastructure that is in place in our neighborhoods. I can tell you there are many things to consider with raw land. 

I have started picking out fixtures from lighting, farmhouse sinks, and rustic faucets and as I go will post some updates of our choices. I am learning a lot about room size and what size light to choose. Who knew this was a calculation based on the size of the room! Here are some of the fixtures we have chosen for our rustic farmhouse. 

This Texas Rangers light will be in my husband's office. It is hand made by a couple in Texas, Cherokee Iron Works. This western pendant light is so perfect! 

                    

This trolley pendant I got a Restoration Hardware for above the kitchen dining table along with the wooden pulley and insulator lights that are handmade from EckBurt Enterprises at Etsy for above the kitchen island. I love vintage looking things and especially some that are handmade. 

With a eat in kitchen/dining area, we are creating a functional and versatile pantry. I found the perfect screen door for the large pantry. 

We sell these rustic lights in our store which we will put on our porch. These rustic metal pendants are at a great price, so we will be adding about 3 to the ceiling of the covered porch.

These are what we have picked so far, and still looking at different bathroom vanity lights and ones for the great room and bedrooms. I will post updates as we go and expect some ground work photos coming soon! 

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Transform Your Home In Farmhouse Style

I receive questions from customers all the time on how to add the comfortable industrial farmhouse look to their homes.  Styles change over the years and sometime with seasons.  Simple changes and budget friendly items can be found at reasonable prices. I was amazed with this table we found at Pottery Barn….blown-a-way!!!  I wanted to share these great finds with you and how you too can get farmhouse style!

Reclaimed wood and forged iron products are a bit hit in all markets right now creating an engaging mix of textures and hues. Simple additions like this side table can be added to almost any decor to give it a rustic feel. 

You might appreciate the barn lighting look of one of Rustic Sinks Rustic Metal Pendant lights. This rustic light has lots of charm. A perfect pendant light for a country farmhouse look at a budget friendly price.

 

The traditional farmhouse kitchen was very large as this was the most important room of the home and most utilized. Cooking and baking were tedious chores for large families. Even though we do not have such large families anymore, the kitchen is still the most livable room of the house. We have a large selections of farmhouse sinks and faucets that include the bar/prep area and over the stove in all price ranges. Take a look at our newest additional of stone kitchen sinks. Here a just a few. 

 

 

 

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Rustic Faucets – Giving a Sensual Appeal to Your Kitchen and Bath


Faucets are increasingly becoming an important feature in bathroom as well as kitchen décor. They give a bold statement about the taste of the owner of the house and give your home a unique and stylish look.

Today, rustic faucets made of copper, nickel and oil rubbed metals are available in all designs and finishes one can think of. From waterfall vessel faucets to oil rubbed bronze deck mount and...

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Installing a Semi-Recessed Vessel Sink

Installing a Semi-Recessed Vessel Sink

If you are looking for a new way to install that special bathroom sink, try a semi recessed installation. RusticSinks.com has a variety of sinks with many installation options. Common installations are drop in above the counter, under the counter mount and on top of the counter. Installing a vessel skirted sink is the same process as a drop in or semi-recessed...

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Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen


Creating that charming Farmhouse look in your kitchen can be easy with just a few simple changes. Inspired by the classic American Farm, these kitchen ideas celebrate the simplicity of country life. 


"We love this rustic farmhouse light made of metal with a little rust to make it a true vintage look."
 

This white farmhouse sink has predrilled faucet holes for a wall mount...

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By Denise Christopher on 2016-01-29

Tips to Consider when Purchasing a New Bathtub  


Home improvementshould be undertaken in a way that should result in something that perfectly suits your preferences and needs, and the best way to ensure this is using the best material for the project. For a bathroom remodel, one of the most important components is the tub. So, make sure you know all information about its types before you even start...

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