Photographing, traveling, tea drinking, plant watering. I come from California and live in Berlin.
Tag: Domestic Engineering
Limescale (calcium) build up in kettles
Most of the water kettles in Europe I come across have a heavy, unsightly layer at the bottoms of lime scale (top photo). The hardness of the water here (large amounts of calcium/lime) leaves this residue inside the kettles through usage.
But don’t confuse this problem with poor water quality. The quality of water in Germany is excellent. The hardness of the water is simply a side effect since since water here comes from the ground (not the rain water I’m used to in California).
Cleaning your kettles is easy with LEMON JUICE or VINEGAR! Pour in a large amount of either plus water and bring it to a boil. Pour out, repeat, then finally rinse until the residue is gone (bottom photo).
You can do the same with your stove top coffee makers.
Squeaky hinges and door latches that don’t close smoothly really bug me. Applying WD-40 to resolve these problems is really satisfying. Here are before and after clips at the place I’m staying in Berlin.
Take pride in the doors in your home or office. Apply WD-40 to hinges and latches and anything else that squeaks. You’ll feel great. You deserve it.
My inspiration for the video came from KnobFeel, the blog with clips of one person turning knobs to evaluate their feel.
I had this set of mirrors I wanted to hang in my hallway. But I needed a way to hang them temporarily to test configuration and placement.
Each mirror hangs by 3 vertical pieces of white artists tape. Each strip is several inches long to have plenty of length to stick to the wall given the weight of the mirror. The strips are reinforced on each mirror with a horizontal piece.
Over the course of two days I could move each mirror around easily without worrying they’d fall down. Once I settled on a configuration I used a special museum putty to secure the mirrors in their final position.