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However, this site is no longer active for the foundation. For information on Bill Read, please visit The Raven's Call - the most comprehensive website dedicated to the life and work of one of Canada’s greatest artists. The site features a gallery of over 200 of Reid’s works in a variety of media from jewelry to prints and sculptures from the Bill Reid Foundation collection and more than 50 partner institutions and private collections.

Ministering to Your Dehumidifier for Improved Efficiency

Dehumidifier
For many people, doing without a dehumidifier in the house remains an impossibility. People have the wherewithal to bear extremes of hot and cold weather. However, when it comes to facing conditions having high humidity, the discomfort increases. However, excessive humidity levels do not merely lead to issues of discomfort. Such conditions are ideal for the proliferation of various microorganisms. Thus, high humidity levels indoors can be conducive for molds and other allergy-causing bacteria. Dehumidifiers resolve this situation by absorbing excess moisture from the air.

How They Work

Dehumidifiers function by soaking the air and then, cooling it rapidly. This makes the moisture condense. The fan in the dehumidifier then pushes the air back into the room. The dehumidifier collects the condensed water in an in-built container, which homeowners need to empty periodically. Dehumidifiers belong to that group of appliances that work behind the scenes. For the most part, they operate with little or no noise. People will place them in inconspicuous locations, where they can work without coming into anyone’s notice. These traits may appear very advantageous. However, they also indicate that many people will buy their dehumidifiers and then forget about maintaining them altogether. This results in a variety of issues such as:

- Reduced efficiency levels arising from dirty or clogged air filters
- Burnt coils and fan motors that impede the functioning of the dehumidifier
- Reduced levels of dehumidification because of frost formation on the condensing coil of the dehumidifier
- Increased levels of noise generated by loose mountings or cabinet panels
- Unclean water tanks that become the breeding ground for molds and mildew
Under these circumstances, it is evident that neglecting to look after your dehumidifier could be a costly mistake.

Given the immense utility value dehumidifiers provide, ensuring that they keep functioning at optimal levels of efficiency remains a priority. You may not need to invest time on a daily basis for maintaining your dehumidifier. However, a monthly check on the dehumidifier could make your dehumidifier last for longer. This would result in your receiving a better-than-average return on your investment. Besides, you do not need to be a wizard in dealing with electrical appliances in order to look after your dehumidifier. Simple steps can well add up to giving you better performance levels from your dehumidifying unit.

Filters

For example, consider the filter of your dehumidifier. This comes into close contact with moist air, thereby increasing the chances of molds and mildew growth. Hence, use a good disinfectant to prevent the proliferation of bacteria and other microorganisms. Depending on your dehumidifier, you could simply hose or vacuum the filter. Some dehumidifier models work with replaceable filters. Ensure that you replace them twice a year, or even more frequently, if needed.

Dusting your dehumidifier can help ensure that it remains free from dirt and dust. If you avoid this, the dust will keep accumulating within the unit, thereby reducing its efficacy. Further, the moisture will lead to the proliferation of dust mites and other allergens resulting in breathing disorders like asthma. Keep emptying the water tank of the dehumidifier. Stagnant water remains a fertile breeding ground for various bacteria and viruses. Hence, follow the old maxim of “Prevention is better than cure”.

Undoubtedly, you will not be able to resolve all the problems faced by your dehumidifier. Certain aspects of the unit will remain beyond your grasp. Therefore, follow a proactive approach at the outset. Ensure that you purchase your unit from a reputable retailer who provides the requisite warranties and maintenance services. This could be useful the older your unit becomes. It could also make your dehumidifier last for longer.

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Things You Must Not Cook in a Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven
A microwave oven is a very useful device in your kitchen, as it cooks food faster and makes the entire process more convenient. But not all food items can be put in it.

Paper bags

It’s a no-no to put them in your microwave. No matter how thick the paper bag is, it can still release toxins. Plus, it may cause an eruption that will lead to flames. You don’t want to burn your house just because you microwave a paper bag filled with your favorite food, do you?

Plastic bags

They’re made of plastic so the microwave will just burn them. Instead of using plastic bags, buy microwaveable plastic wrap. Or you may choose a microwave-safe container. This will work with this oven without fear of explosion.

Metal travel mugs

Although there are mugs that you can heat using this oven, most travel mugs aren’t microwave oven-safe. This is especially true if they’re made of metals, they’ll just end in disaster causing your microwave to explode. Don't believe me? Just read this microwave comparison reviews and you'll be convinced.

Red sauce

If you need to heat red sauce, you’ll have to place it in a microwaveable container. Don’t forget to cover it up. Else, it’ll end up in a mess. However, you must not cover it tightly. Just put the cover on top of the container but don’t seal it.

Styrofoam containers

Placing these containers in a microwave will only cause a fire. As they’re made of plastic, they’ll likely melt and their components will go into the food that can be poisonous. Plus, these containers will burn easily.

There are other things you must never put and heat using a microwave oven. Make sure that you’ve read your owner’s manual to know them all. Under any circumstances, don’t try to heat them up in this oven.

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Useful Objects That Can Be Made Using a 3D Printer

3D Printer

A 3D printer can cost a lot of money, but it’s a great machine that you can use to make prototypes out of a thin plastic filament and make layers to create one solid object.

This machine has evolved. It has now become a widely used machine as it allows you to print almost anything, from car parts to body parts. Although the most advanced unit is expensive, you can now purchase a unit with basic features. So, if you're seriously considering buying a 3d printer I suggest you read a few reviews first, as there are lot of differences in price and capabilities.

Here are some of the things a 3D printer can make.

1. Can be used to make prosthetics

You’ve seen Mission Impossible, right? It uses 3D printing to copy the face of someone. In reality, some researchers are using their cameras to create a digital model of the required part before printing it and make prosthetics. Unlike conventional prosthetics that have been handcrafted, prosthetics produced by a 3D printer are cheaper.

2. Make better clothes

Instead of wasting your money on fabrics just to come up with a better designed gown, you can print your prototype and hand it over to your client. From there, he/she can decide whether to continue with it or not. You can make modifications to meet the standards of your clients without having to make different clothes.

3. Design a guitar

The Maker Faire exhibition held two years ago displayed a fully functional guitar that was printed using a 3D printer. In the future, musicians can already order a customized guitar to produce the music that they want.

4. Print life-size fetus

If you’re a pregnant mother, you can now show off a life-size model of your unborn child. Certain 3D printers in Japan can produce replicas of scanned abdomen of a woman showing the fetus she’s carrying. This can help doctors see if the fetus has deformities. Although it may sound creepy, it’s cool.

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