Saturday, February 14, 2015

How to permanently fix a broken vertical blind


We've all been there...pets, kids, or just wear and tear...in an instance, vertical blinds can leave us without privacy and frustrated. Some replacement slats are kept in stock so feel free to check with the main office (734-480-7400) to see if a replacement is available. For a quick and immediate fix just follow these simple steps:

Materials needed: Paper clip, Tape


Hope this quick fix helps!

Friday, May 30, 2014

DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent

It's that time of year again and this season seems to be a bad one! Make a huge bottle of DIY mosquito spray that is super effective (reported effective in the worst mosquito regions in the world) as well as safe for use directly on skin. Here's All you need.
Pick up a Spray Bottle to use as your applicator. This one's made by Sprayco, 32 oz. and assembled by mentally and physically challenged people in Michigan. Fill with the following:

  • 30 Drops Lavender Oil
  • 8 Tbsp Vanilla Extract ( I think you have to use the real extract to be effective, not sure if the artificial vanilla flavoring would be effective and not willing to test on myself to find out it isn't....)
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • Water to the top of a 32 oz bottle
Add some tea tree oil (30 drops) if you want to make it super effective and a tick, flea and wasp repellent as well. Spray doorways and screens to keep biting insects from entering your apartment. This spray has a pleasant smell and best of all no known carcinogens! This huge bottle will last a couple summers (depending on your family size) and in the end is much less expensive than the store bought brands. Caution if wearing white clothing, the vanilla may stain. Have a bite free summer!


Monday, April 28, 2014

DIY Drawer Organizer


Here's a fun and easy craft project that will help organize silverware and "clutter drawers". These separations are easily customized to what you have in your drawer and they are removable so they are not attached to the drawer itself.

 All it takes are a few items from the local hardware store:

Measuring tape
Coping Saw (Lowe's has one for about $7)
Sand paper
Wood glue (Titebond makes a glue that is FDA approved for indirect food contact)
Parchment paper
1/4" x 3 x 2 craft board (I used 5 pieces for the silverware drawer @ $1.46 each, and 3 pieces for the utility drawer)
Pencil
Qtips













First empty the drawer. 

Measure the length of the drawer and cut the number of vertical separations you want. After each cut you will want to sand the edges down and eliminate splintered areas. Be sure to be as accurate and straight as you can when you mark your lines. 

Line your drawer with parchment paper.

Place the vertical separations where you want them and measure the lengths you need for horizontal separations. When the pieces are positioned the way you want them it's time to get glueing....

Remember: We are not going to glue the pieces to the drawer itself, only to each other...
Use a Qtip to smooth out any beads of glue. Don't worry too much about the glue being smooth, it dries completely clear.

Let the glue dry overnight and in the morning it is ready for use! 
BEFORE :(
AFTER :)


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Water is leaking into my apartment!





Water leaks are a serious problem that can cause major damage if left unchecked.  There are a number of reasons that can cause a water leak. Try to determine where the leak is coming from and at what time it occurs, if possible, then notify the office or after hours, the emergency maintenance line as soon as you can by calling 734-480-7400.

 

 

Location

The first step to solving the problem is determining where the leak is located. If the leak is in the bathroom or kitchen there are more sources to check than if in a livingroom or bedroom. A specific tell tale sign is if the leak is confined to one specific area or is spread out over a large part of the ceiling.

Bathroom Leaks

The most common sources of leaking in a bathroom are from the toilet or bathtub. Toilets have a gasket made of wax that can deteriorate and allow water to leak out mostly when the toilet is flushed. Bathtubs have a drain gasket and caulking that can deteriorate and let water out. When a bathtub area leaks, it can cause water damage on the ceiling below. If there are any damaged pipes the water leak will be constant and not related to flushing or bathing.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks are usually from pipe joints or drains. They are usually found in a kitchen area ceiling, although they can occur in bathrooms around the sink area. Because of the fact that pipes are run through walls, if the leak is where the ceiling and the wall come together, it is probably a plumbing leak. The wall below the ceiling will show signs of water damage as the water flows down the inside of the wall.

Attic Leaks

Rain entering through a leaking roof or condensation inside the attic can channel water along beams and rafters that can deposit water anywhere on the ceiling. Condensation occurs during periods of fluctuating temperatures, while a leaking roof only happens during a rainstorm.

Ice Damming

Water can be forced into the structure of a building if it gets trapped behind a blockage of ice. You may see leaking "coming out of the woodwork" as it seeps and gathers on the top of window frames or door walls. This often happens after a particularly cold period where ice formations grow followed by a warm period when the melting begins. To minimize these leaks, try to keep porch areas and framework on top of sliding door walls and windows that you can reach free of snow and ice build up.

Please contact the office at 734-480-7400 as soon as possible if you discover water leaking into your apartment.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Simple & Easy Salt Dough Gift Tags


The Holidays are coming upon us and for many of us that means that our busy schedules are about to get much busier. It's important to try to schedule some time for yourself. Here is a simple, quick and easy craft idea that is not only practical but very therapeutic. Make these unique green gift tags that can become very personalized tree ornaments or decorations. You probably have the two main ingredients in your kitchen right now...flour and salt.
 
Salt Dough Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon oil

Optional
 glitter
food coloring

The oil is optional, but we have found that it adds a nice sheen to the dough.
You can get creative and add glitter or use food coloring to make different colored batches of dough.












Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead with your hands until it forms a dough ball.

TIP: If your dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour until it is the right consistency. If your dough is too dry, add a few drops of water.
 









Roll out the dough about a 1/4 inch thick. Depending on the design you choose you may want to stamp or imprint the dough first before you cut out your shapes.

TIP: If you use parchment paper underneath you can move the finished item easily onto a baking sheet. The dough here was stamped with a rubber stamp and silver ink.
Stamps with different inks can be used as well as imprints from bark, leaves or anything with texture. You could embed beads into the dough and you can also paint them after baking with any water based paint, or even silver spray paint for a faux metallic finish. Use permanent markers to write or draw for even more endless possibilities.
Drying Options
If you leave the dough out to dry for a few days it will harden. That gives you the ability to embed items that may melt or crack if you bake them to dry. If you prefer to bake them to harden, it will take only  1 hour at 325 degrees. Place them on a cookie sheet.
TIP: After they harden or cool from baking, sand the edges for a smoother look. If you have delicate items embedded but don't want to wait for them to air dry, bake them for 2 hours at 250 degrees.

We would love to see your finished works of art! Please post a picture of your DIY Gift Tags for us! 
Wishing you and your family a fun and happy Holiday season!





Monday, November 18, 2013

5 Tips on How Not To Be Burglarized While You're on Holiday

http://www.myfirstapartment.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/photo11.jpg Many of us are planning to go out of town for the Holidays, making next weekend the perfect opportunity for thieves to target your apartment. Here are some easy steps you can take to keep your valuables safe. 
1) Do not post anything on social media like Facebook and Twitter that indicates that you will be out of town and your apartment will be vacant. 
2) Take any items of value that you can with you. If your apartment is targeted you only stand to loose what's in it.
3) Buy renters insurance. It's not that expensive and protects you from more than burglary...policies usually cover your items that may be destroyed by fires or flooding. 
4) Put a light on a timer to make it appear that someone is at home.
5) Check that your doors and windows are locked. Double hung style windows can appear to be locked when in fact the latch is not lined up properly. It would be an uncommon thief that doesn't check to see if a window is simply open to gain easy entry...
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!