Posts Tagged ‘home improvements’

Do Conventionally Purchased Power Tools Last Longer Or Out Perform Factory Reconditioned Power Tools?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Bosch IXO III ScrewdriverIf you are looking to purchase new power tools and want to get the best value for money then you need to look around and make some comparisons. You may have a favorite discount tool store, you may even have some great coupons for extra discounts. Maybe, however, the best value for money option is from the factory reconditioned power tool specialist.

Some products are obviously easier to locate than others. You will not generally find the just released latest factory reconditioned cordless tools the day after the new product has been released but do not let that put you off looking for the bargains in the newer 36v or 24v tools. If you look at the offers available through the reputable new and reconditioned tools suppliers then you’ll quickly get a feel for the available products.

Potential customers often ask the question of the sales person “why would I purchase a factory reconditioned power tool or cordless product if I buy the regular unit from a retailer?” The usual answer is “the product is exactly the same but you have the opportunity to make substantial cash savings – and that is a pretty good motivator!” Sometimes, however, people are looking – almost anywhere – to find a product that is no longer in manufacture.

The Best DIY Shed Plans

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Garden sheds are a wonderful item to have in your backyard, but before you do anything there are a few things that you should think about before you pick a shed. First, you will want to consider the size and space you will need.

What kind of items do you need the shed for? Make sure your site for the shed is somewhere that is easily accessible and matches the look of your home. You’ll also need to see if your city requires any zoning permits before you begin construction. After considering all of these numbers you just have to decide if you want to pay someone to build it for you or choose DIY Shed Plans. I and many others recommend to purchase plans for certain reasons.

The first reason to purchase DIY Shed Plans is for the most obvious reason: the ability to customize your very own garden shed. Each household has different reasons for needing a garden shed. Some families will use it to store their off season tools and items. Others will use it as an active storage area where all the tools are kept and such.

How to Shingle a Storage Shed Roof

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

There are many things that you should take into consideration when deciding to replace broken shingles or shingling a new roof on your storage shed. First of all, the slant of the roof; will you be comfortable working on it, or is it just too steep? The outside temperature will also determine how the shingles lay.

Once you do decide to do it yourself, remember that personal care and safety should be exercised at all times while working on a roof. Installing shingles is something you can do yourself with the proper tools, techniques, and preparation. Thus, it helps to plan ahead.

You will need the following materials in order to properly put shingles on your shed; a hammer, staples, roofing felt, barbed roofing nails, staple gun hammer, utility or trimming knife, straightedge ruler, ridge cap shingles, and asphalt shingles.

Starting Over with an Outdoor Swing

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Outdoor gardens can be a wonderful, peaceful place to relax and unwind or they can be a place that is overgrown or barren that you avoid. It all depends on the time and effort you put into designing a garden that gives you the kind of environment you can enjoy.

One of the best ways I have found to create an outdoor garden space that I love spending time in is by starting with one central item, such as an outdoor swing. Take this item and find the perfect place for it and then build the rest of the garden around it. Create a unified look based on that one item.

The large pieces you choose will have an important impact on the look and feel of your garden. Planning ahead will help you create a unified look that works as you add each new piece.

When you use a central item to begin your garden, you must choose it carefully and with thought. This will help you eliminate the possibility of designing a space that you end of hating and avoiding.

Garden Gnomes For Sale

Friday, June 19th, 2009

“Garden Gnomes For Sale”

So said the sign I passed on my way to a business meeting. For some reason, when I got home, I decided to read about garden gnomes and found there was a fascinating history!

Seems that garden gnomes first appeared in the early 1800’s, in Germany. About 1840, they came on the scene in England. People believed that having garden gnomes would make for better plants, and also bring good luck.

Apparently Sir Charles Isham, the 10th Baronet of Lamport Hall, brought around 20 garden gnomes from Germany – the first to arrive in England. He proudly set them up in the rockery in his garden. Unfortunately only one remains – “Lampy” – and it’s a sad sign of the times that he has to be insured against theft – for a million pounds.

Up until the 1960’s, terracotta was the usual material for making garden gnomes. The early figures were often seen as highly collectible and frequently remained in the family for generations.

What to Consider When Buying an Outdoor Storage Shed

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Everyone, at one time or another, feels like their house just isn’t big enough anymore. Overrun by clutter, furniture or just too much stuff, it is suddenly difficult to find a place to put anything and harder to keep the house clean. Rooms feel cramped and what once was a nicely decorated and arranged room has now lost all sense of style. It might be time to start thinking about buying an outdoor storage shed.

But, we wonder where we will put the shed. Can we find a location where it will look attractive and not just present another eyesore? What size of a shed should we buy? How much would we be able to store in an 8 x 10 foot shed? Will we fill it up too fast or have extra space?

Another practical consideration would be our knowledge of building codes, zoning ordinances, and deed restrictions in our place of residence. Building codes may, in fact, determine the acceptable materials for the unit and its clearance from existing property lines.

Garden Office – Points To Think About

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Choosing a garden home office that best suits your requirements can be a difficult task as there are many varied styles from which you can choose. When making this decision, it is a good idea to spend the time and do some research before you make a purchase, so that you have indeed made the right choice.

During this research stage it is wise to remember specific points that will help you to determine whether or not you should actually purchase a garden home office. Below are some of these points.

1. Choose a garden office that provides plenty of natural light and will allow you to have a sufficient number of electrical points to which you can connect any necessary office equipment. Remember that some computer monitors are sensitive to natural light, so if you are going to have one in the office, either locate it where the light is indirect or reduce the level of natural light.

Garden Parasols 101

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

OK, the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky. Perhaps, though, you want some shade – a parasol – for your garden. This article looks at some of the options of wooden parasol available. A full range of parasols is available from Garden Furniture Scotland. Other articles in this series cover Cantilever Parasols, Aluminium Parasols, and Parasol Bases.

If you want the parasol to shade a table, you need to decide if it will go through the centre of the table, in which case you will need a table with a central hole. This hole should accommodate most parasol stems – the hole in most tables is about 51mm but can vary either way.

Amazingly, parasols stems have an industry standard and most (though, of course not all) are either 38mm or 48mm in diameter. If there is a hole in the centre of your table, then you are best to choose a through the table parasol. The most popular parasol is the central pole parasol which doesn’t stand on its own but is most commonly placed through the centre of the table.

Built-In Deck Benches

Monday, March 30th, 2009

There are many accessories you can put on your deck to make it appear better looking. But have you thought about how you can make it look larger and more functional that it really is? Deck benches are all you need then! These are just like your outdoor benches situated inside the porch. Building it is just so easy you can go about your usual DIY stunt. Put on your goggles and safety wears, pull out your tool box and hammer out!

One of the best ways of making a number of benches inside your porch or deck, especially with a very limited space, is by doing it built-in. Doing so will make your deck look spacey and real large than what it really is. This type of deck benches are really very necessary if you love entertaining right in the comfort of your home.

Building built-in benches is easy as you don’t need to really build the entire bench. You also have the deck for support so the figure of the bench is all that’s left for you to complete. This type of bench building is also so much inexpensive as the use of the deck where you build it in will become a decrease in the budget.

Curved Deck Railing

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The use of a curved deck railing is very important on every deck. It is an art piece used to enhance the curve appeal of your deck, in case you are planning to build a curved one. Without it, your curved deck will not be as good looking as you would want it to appear. On top of that, it won’t look complete at all. So while you are still in the planning stage of your deck, including it in the design if you want a curved deck will be best. This way, you wont have to try injecting it into the lay out and making the trouble of redesigning the entire task.

Building a curved deck railing is a bit difficult, which is why it is not recommended for DIYs. But there are real inventive and skilled people who can actually do the job. There are prefabricated curved deck railings that you can acquire for the building plans. These are perfectly crafted to match standard sizes and shapes of a curved deck so you will need no more cuttings or modifications on both your deck and your acquired prefab deck railing.