Putting a Battery out of Commission

If for any reason a battery is to lie idle for a prolonged period and recharging is not possible, it must be dealt with as follows: First, it is charged until the plates hava their normal colour; and then charged again after rests of an hour, until gassing begins as soon as charging begins. Second, … Read more

LAMP FITTINGS

LAMPS are held in holders designed either to be suspended on the end of flexible conductors or to be screwed to bho ceiling or a rigid fitting. A holder consists of a brass casing in two parts, held together by a screwed collar and an internal porcelain base. The base includes two projecting spring terminals, … Read more

LAMPS

THE gas-filled lamp has now largely superseded the vacuum lamp, as it emits a whiter light and is more efficient: that is, gives more light proportionately to the electrical energy used. The bulb, after being exhausted of air during manufacture, is filled to half atmospheric pressure with a gas called argon, which is unable to … Read more

CLEANING AND POLISHING

Easy Ways of Doing Difficult Tasks Baking-tins. Fill with fine coal-ashes and warm water, and well shake. Rinse in cold water. If greasy, fill with a strong solution of soap powder, leave for twenty-four hours, and then rinse well. Bamboo Furniture. Clean with a small brush dipped in salt-and-water. Baths. Adherent dirt is readily removed … Read more

When Breakfast is Finished

The order of work after breakfast varies in every household, so no hard and fast rules can be set. If the maid finishes the meal before the family she will probably 6tart to wash her own things and the early morning crockery. She must not make herself dirty, as she may be needed in the … Read more

LAMPS IN THE SCHEME OF DECORATION

A Guide to the proper Lighting of each Room in a House YOU cannot create a successful scheme of decoration and then add the lamps as an afterthought. For the scheme is not complete without its lamps and their shades, and if they are added afterwards the chances are they may spoil your room or … Read more

WINTER CURTAINS AND COVERS

THE last days of summer are generally a good time to take stock of the minor adjustments which will be necessary about the house before winter sets in. We have, besides, most probably returned from our holiday full of ideas for small improvements, and it is best to put them into execution before enthusiasm wanes. … Read more

The Site

THE site is the first item for consideration. It should be chosen so that plenty of sunshine and open surroundings are obtainable. Modern conveniences must be available if possible, and shopping, educational, recreation and travelling facilities are also important. The site having been chosen, the plan must be drawn up so that the most is … Read more

Kitchen Furniture

PERHAPS the greatest revolution concerns the kitchen. No longer is it dark, drab, depressing, and cold. It has come to be one of the most important rooms in the house from the point of view of light, convenience, and comfort. Kitchen furniture is either stained or finished in white enamel, necessitating no more attention than … Read more

Colour in the Dining-room

SHADES of brown and orange are much – favoured for the modern dining-room, with its weathered-oak furniture. Presuming the floor is of oak or parquet, the carpet can be of tones of autumn. If a plain carpet is to be used, either brown or green is pleasing. Lighting should be in shades of orange to … Read more

Choice of Pictures

Tables are always needed. A nest of tables is almost indispensable, and small, low tables with book-shelves below mako a stand for a tea-tray or anything heavy. Of course the modern lounge must have a piano, wireless, and gramophone. Frame-less mirrors are used to give the appearance of space, but pictures on the walls are … Read more

MODERN FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS

MODERN furniture is a true example of simplicity, for it is simplicity itself, both in design and from the point of view of cleaning. For comfort and convenience the modern style has no competitor, and even the lover of antiques and period furniture has to admit, even though grudgingly, that for comfort old-fashioned pieces do … Read more

NAMES OF ORIENTAL CARPETS AND RUGS

Oriental carpets and rugs are known by the names of the towns, districts, or provinces in which they are made. KURDISH Faraghan Cabistan Kelim Anatolia Agra Ghorevan Cashmere Mousul Bergamo Amritsar Hamadan Chichi Persian Kurdistan Ghiordes Benares Herati Circassian Sumak Kir-Shehfr Jubbulpore Herez Dagheslan Turkish Kurdistan Kulah Kashmir Ispahan Dcrbend Ladik Malabar Khorassan Guenjes Melez … Read more

The Dining-room Fireplace

It is perhaps needless to add that all the furniture should be of the same kind of wood, although such a reminder may be necessary for people who prefer to buy individual pieces instead of having everything to match. Tastes differ regarding the fireplace, which should obviously be in keeping with the other contents of … Read more

Heating the Hall

There should be some means of warming a hall. It is only comparatively recently, other than in large houses, that architects have given attention to what is really a very important matter. If central heating or electric power is installed, no problem arises. If a flue is available, a small gas-fire in a plain setting … Read more