Handyman Basic Tools http://www.handymanbasictools.com home improvement, tips & advice Sat, 03 Jun 2017 19:29:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Guide to Outdoor House Storage http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/06/03/guide-to-outdoor-house-storage/ http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/06/03/guide-to-outdoor-house-storage/#respond Sat, 03 Jun 2017 19:29:40 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1031
Any time one considers building a house, you have to put into consideration an outdoor storage house. This is because the space in the house can be full or you can have bulky items that might not fit in the house. What of the wobbling dining room chair that you have always wanted to repair but have been unable to. So building an outdoor storage would be the only solution.

What are the factors to consider?

Putting up anything requires a plan. One should consider the size, is the space enough to put up your outdoor storage. Also you should know the cost of putting up the storage. How about the design? You wouldn’t want an ugly structure on your compound. Therefore the design you choose should complement your home. The material to be used like the siding material is important, should it be vinyl or natural wood? As much as natural wood is a preference, vinyl should be considered for maintenance-free storage units.

Things to put in place before construction begins

Before starting the construction of Outdoor House storage, get to know the zoning ordinances, deed restrictions and building codes but before that you should have a building permit which would show how far storage unit must set back from property lines. Then put down cinder blocks, concrete piers and a concrete slab. Ensure also that the supports lying below the floor are of pressure- treated wood.

What Accessories should Outdoor House Storage have?

Now that you have completed building it, you have to spice it so that it is not an eye sore in your compound. Since most of them come with French doors, you have to add a few touches here and there. Fix window boxes, shutters or weather vanes. Make it also easily accessible from the house by creating a pressure-treated ramp.

Just remember that for you to come up with a high quality Outdoor House Storage, you will need to seek the help of a professional. A professional will figure out your compound and see the best type of storage unit to put up for you.

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How to Select the Best Stone Walls for your Home http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/05/04/how-to-select-the-best-stone-walls-for-your-home/ Thu, 04 May 2017 19:24:38 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1027

Using stone walls to complete your outdoor patio or your garage can be good and practical decision yet before doing so, make sure to know first the options that you can have when it comes to choosing the type or design of a stone wall to use. Depending on the place where to put it like on the garage driveway or as a border wall line, make sure to get the type that will compliment your current home design.

Would you go for a rough or finished type of stone?

Rough stones are good stones yet the shapes are indifferent from each other. It has irregular shapes that when put together can create nicks and cracks in between yet they are considered to be durable and stable because it hasn’t gone any chemical or mechanical procedure yet. For finished stone on the other hand, it has smoother edge, better look and sometimes color depending on the process it went through before bringing it in the market.

How would you assemble it?

Assembling your stone wall means the basic structure of putting it in together with art of course. There are two basic types of structures and they are as dry stone walls or as mortared stone walls. When we say dry stone walls, it is simply the stack up of stones in the area where you want it to be like driveways. Mortared stone walls on the other hand are arranged and stacked together with the use of cement to keep the bond and to keep the stone from falling apart.

Your personal preference

The types of stones and the way they can be assembled should be in line with the current design of your home. You have to consider the other people in your home too like if you have kids and if it is safe for them. You cannot go for a dry stone wall design on your garage when in fact your kids love playing and climbing outdoors, they might end up climbing your dry stone walls and might end up being on a accident. Also consider your budget before proceeding with the plan. Ask your architectural designer before even starting with it.

Choosing the Best Appliances for Your Home http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/04/03/choosing-the-best-appliances-for-your-home/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:12:18 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1019
Appliances for the home are electrical or mechanical machines which do some household chores like cooking and cleaning. They can be classified in three categories namely: major appliances, small appliances and consumer electronics. These appliances last long with proper maintenance and repair.

Guide to Buying the Right Appliances

If you really love your new house then it is wise to get the right appliances for it. Begin by setting a budget for your new appliances. This you do after going round and verifying the prices. Know the energy efficiency. Check also the appearance of the appliance. Do you prefer an ultra-modern stainless steel, black, white or cream color? Other options of wood paneling and colors are also available. Do not go for an avocado color because it makes the kitchen look outdated.

The Best Kitchen Appliances

A blender is essential as an appliance in the kitchen. With a blender you are able to mix custard, make smoothies, pureeing soups and chopping soft ingredients but make sure you choose the right blender with a big jar and a powerful motor. You need a food processor to chop, slice, grate, blend, knead bread, puree and emulsify. Since it is expensive yet a must have, one should save to have it. Toaster oven is also appropriate. You use it to toast bread, oversized bagels, French toast, cook cookies and broil brown breadcrumbs and waffles. Countertop Grill is essential for making quick and healthy foodstuffs like burgers, fish, chicken breast or sandwiches.

Range of Home Appliances

Home appliances are variety both for the kitchen and the living area. The kitchen comes with many appliances. We have refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, ovens, cook tops. Living room appliances are mainly electrical appliances like TV sets, CD and DVD players, video game consoles, HiFi and home cinema, telephones and answering machines. There are other appliances in the living area apart from the electrical ones. The flower vase and the book shelves make that combination.

Getting appliances for your home is a prerogative but one should save and budget for the right appliances because a good house would look even better with them.

Tips on Making the Living Area Spectacular http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/03/04/tips-on-making-the-living-area-spectacular/ Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:06:05 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1016
Living area is the most used room in the house. It is a place where the family gathers together to chat, watch a movie or just relax. That is the reason it needs to be in proper shape. For this to happen, you have to consider the furniture placement, lighting, accessories, wall and floors. If all this is considered, then you will not worry about coming up with that spectacular living area.

Creating that living area

As you come up with the living area, make sure that you create an open floor plan where there is room for easy interaction where a person in the kitchen can easily communicate with the person in the living area. There should be a cozy seating arrangement in the living area. Place the chairs facing your sofa and coffee table in the middle. Decorate the living area with a lamp, framed family photos and a potted plant. A rug should also be placed to create space between the dining area and living area.

Which Furniture is Preferable for a Living Area?

The furniture that you place in your house should go with your taste and style. Living room furniture are couches, café and side tables, showcase bureaus, dressers, futon seats and lodging sacks and bean sacks. It also depends on the size of the living room. If there is space in the corner, put a corner couch. Also take note that the shade of the divider matches the color of the seat before purchasing it.

Lighting the Living Area

There are many designs of lights to choose from. Soft lighting from the main light fixture makes the room calm and relaxing. Bright light from the lamp are inviting and makes people feel welcomed. For an elegant living area we can do with a chandelier. Those bulbs installed in a ceiling fan light are good for casual living room. Take note of any artwork in the room and put a display light. This will make it stand out.

For one to have a color theme for the living room, then a lighting system that matches the furniture and the room décor should be considered. Lights change everything in the room. So next time you are remodeling your house, know that the living area should be inviting.

Turn Your Exercise Room Into Your Dream Gym With Bowflex http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/02/28/turn-your-exercise-room-into-your-dream-gym-with-bowflex/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:21:57 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1022

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At Bowflex you can request your very one free info kit on how you too can get gym results at home with your very own home gym from Bowflex. Improve your body in only six weeks! See results you can measure in as little as 20 minutes a day three times a week! Seems almost too good to be true but it is very true. Want something even better? How about saving some serious cash when you visit Bowflex for your coupons and promo codes for Bowflex. Enjoy 10% off Bowflex and up to a whopping $508 off the latest and greatest in Bowflex items, you will be amazed with the savings you will find with Bowflex.  All ready have a home gym or just need a few pieces of equipment? Than you will love savings $150 on Max Trainer M5 or getting $200 off + free shipping and a free mat. Whatever your level of exercise, Bowflex has got you covered.

Why choose Bowflex? It’s simple, we believe in our products and know that they will work for you.  Want to know why we are so confident? Because, we are just like you. Like you, we are not a collection of fitness gurus. In fact, like you, we are made up of a mix bags of beginners and pros with  band geeks, ex-athletes, obstacle course racers, joggers, dog walkers, dads, moms, boomers, millennials, bikers, and hikers. If you can dream it, then you can obtain it!

Reasons Why Doors and their Locks Rock http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/02/22/reasons-why-doors-and-their-locks-rock/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:03:18 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1012
A door for a house may appear a simple object but it isn’t as simple as one thinks. It is complex and should not be taken for granted. It is easily seen and because of that, it should be made to appear striking for it plays a big part in defining the house. Consider the innovations and technologies that make it useful, efficient and environmentally friendly.

Choosing that Perfect Door

Doors play different roles depending on the type of material they are made of and how they are constructed. Basic types of doors are interior, exterior (entry doors) and patio. Exterior doors being the entry doors should stand out therefore the material they are made of should be perfect. Exterior doors are made of wood, steel and fiberglass. They are always located at the front. Interior doors are in many shapes and styles. They are made from either wood or MDF (medium density fiberboard) which is very stable. Patio doors are uniquely wider and contain more glass. They come in a wide variety of style with sliding and hinged.

Materials that make that Perfect Door

As mentioned earlier, doors are made of many different materials. Wood is the most common and it is used on both exterior and interior doors. The advantage of wood is that it looks beautiful with its stain colors. You can also repair minor damage like nicks and scrapes. Drawbacks include maintenance once wood is exposed to sunlight. This should be done annually. Fiberglass is mainly used in exterior doors. Its advantage is free product and better insulating values. It doesn’t swell or rot like wood. Steel doors are durable and they include good insulating values. It also does not rot, twist or bow like wood might. MDF is used in many interior doors. It is an engineered material made from wood fibers combined with glue binders.

Doors are the beauty of homes. For one to come up with a good door that will catch the eye then you have to make a decision whether it will be a wooden door or a fiberglass door. The choice is always yours.

A Suitable MIDI Controller Replacement http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2017/01/30/a-suitable-midi-controller-replacement/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:32:02 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1009 I record music from time to time as a hobby. I even dedicated a room for it inside our apartment. Since I have a three year old running amok inside the house, I make sure to lock the music room to protect the expensive equipment’s inside. Sadly, I forgot to lock it about 2 weeks ago, and being the curious one, my son went inside.

I found him with my broken MIDI controller. I was brokenhearted since that particular MIDI was expensive, but I could not blame anyone for it. As a replacement, I bought the affordable king trumpet. For its price, I did not expect that it would be something great to use. The programs were manageable, and I quickly got the hang of it. Since I learned my lesson, I will never forget to lock the room again.

A Dream Passed On http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2016/11/29/a-dream-passed-on/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:14:13 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=1003 I have always envisioned myself playing the violin for a huge crowd. Sadly, I never got to learn it since my parents did not have the money to buy me even the cheapest violin. When my wife gave birth to our first baby boy, I had this idea that maybe my son could learn the instrument instead of me.

I wanted to pass my dreams of playing to my son. When he turned eight last month, I knew that it was time to enroll him for a lesson. I got him his first ever violin, which is one of the electric violins and shure 215 that I have always wanted for myself. My son showed great promise when it comes to playing. He did not disappoint me at all.

A Money Well Spent http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2016/09/13/a-money-well-spent/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:23:08 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=998 My friend Damien borrowed money from me a couple of months ago. When his business started kicking off, he was finally able to pay off his debt to me. Because I had extra money to spare after he paid, I decided to buy something that I could use for my music producing hobby. At first, I debated whether I should buy an instrument, but I just bought a new one, so that was out of the question.

After much thought, I finally settled on a cool warm audio wa76 from an online store. Using this, I would be able to produce real sounding music, which I have always strived for. It was money spent well because the Synth was more than I could ask for.

Beat Maker In The Making http://www.handymanbasictools.com/2016/09/13/beat-maker-in-the-making/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:21:33 +0000 http://www.handymanbasictools.com/?p=996 I was fresh out of music school and hungry for my first chance to prove how good I was. I wanted to be a producer, its funny since I was nine that’s all I told my parents I wanted to be. Most kids at nine years old want to be firemen and policemen, but me I wanted to make music that people could enjoy for years to come. After completing music school I began looking for different types of equipment that I could use to build my own studio.

A professional producer told me that I should invest in the komplete 8 music making program. This program could be found the bam violin case and had the ultimate selection of different music and beats pre-programmed. After investigating other programs I found out that this one was truly the best. Buying this program helped me save time and money buying numerous different programs to do the same thing, this one program could do.