The Hat Stand and Coat Rack

The words hat stand and coat rack are used interchangeably and historically they are pretty much the same thing, but technically there are differences.  The traditional hat stand or coat rack is a free standing base with a pole that resembles a tree with multiple limbs protruding from the pole.  Made popular in Victorian England,…

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Medieval Castles – An Essay

Castles remind us of a time that was full of adventure and romance. Castles remind us of a time in history in which there was a lack of government and order. Although there was not mass confusion and anarchy, there was less order. Castles were the basis of feudalism. Castles can be seen as a…

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The Many Fabrics of Bed Sheets

Recently I went out shopping for bedding, specifically for a sheet set for my queen size bed. It had been awhile since I last purchased bedding, and I came away from the stores with a head full of questions. I’m not sure what happened in the bedding industry from the last time I bought sheets…

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How to Remove Carpet

As a carpet repair expert I’m often asked what the best way to remove a carpet is. The answer really depends on what type of carpet is in the room, how it’s installed and what you want to do with it after it’s removed. Most carpet that a homeowner wants to remove will be installed…

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How to Meet UK Staircase Building Regulations

Whether you are planning a whole new staircase or just a refurbishment of your existing stair balustrade, you need to make sure that your stairs comply with current UK building regulations. Many older staircases may not meet today’s standards, so installing new handrails, spindles and newel posts will give you a chance to bring your…

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