Monthly Archives: October 2016

If You Like DIY Projects, Find A Place Where You Get All Your Tools

If you are some one who loves DIY projects, then having a toolbox that is well equipped is essential to complete your DIY projects. Whether these projects be as small as hanging up a painting, or conducting some large scale home improvement projects. So how do you get about getting all these tools together?

Buying at specialist stores

Buying everything at one go will only end up stripping your wallet of every last penny. Hence the best way forward is to arrange the basic tools you need. It always works best if you shop at a specialist store that deals in DIY tools. The benefit of going to such a shop is you can get all the tools you need in one place. Secondly if you are looking to buy items, which are currently out of stock they can arrange for it to be ordered in for you. Finally they would also have an in-store set of experts who can advise you on the best tools for any project you undertake. Also in these stores, you can meet other DIY peers, who can let you in on what new is happening in the industry.

Finally if you are looking to rent some equipment, then knowing a trustworthy shop always helps. For e.g. if you are looking to get a floor sander, then you should rent it definitely.

 Look for discounts

Well since you cannot afford to buy all your tools in one go, it might help to look for discounts. During Boxing Day sale and summer sales you can look at increasing the size of your tool box. It would help if you put up the list of your requirements on your wish list for your birthday gifts!

 

Some basic tools that you should keep in your toolbox are:

  • Screwdriver set–look out for flat head with a bunch of different sizes available. If you look for magnetic tips it might still help along with a good grip to make it easy to use the tool.
  • Tape measure – keep everything in shape, including that waist! The tape measures are available in a number of different widths. The wider the width the easier it is to support with one hand when extended.
  • Pliers – pliers which lock and can be adjusted are the way to go ahead. As they can be locked into place, it can also double up as a clamp if need be.
  • Electric drill – to start with even though you can beg or borrow one, sooner rather than later its best to get one for yourself.
  • Level – this is the tool that can keep everything on the level, including all the photos. If you are looking for a hands free leveller then a laser level is a better option for you.
  • Utility knife – this is a toolbox requirement and it is best to buy one which has in house storage and the handles are made of rubber for a comfortable grip.
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Work light or flashlight
  • Claw Hammer – it can help you drive in and take out nails. If the grip is made of vinyl, plastic or rubber helps with the shock absorption.

7 Reasons To Spend More Time Chilling On Your Decking This Summer

Are you counting down the number of sleeps until summer is officially here? Let’s cross our fingers and hope the weather is much better than it was last year. As soon as it’s hot enough to chill out in the garden you’re going to be spending a lot more time outside. Instead of hiding yourself away inside the living room you can finally enjoy your decking again, but we’re going to look at a few things you can do to make your experience much more pleasurable.

Listen to music

You might enjoy listening to the sounds of the birds chirping and the children running around, but eventually you will want to listen to some great music. It’s possible to turn your music up full-blast so you can hear it from the deck, but it’s much easier if you install a waterproof sound system. If you have guests over for drinks it will really get the party started.

Build a fire pit

If you want to sit out on the decking you will need to find a way to stay warm. Just because it’s hot during the day doesn’t mean it will stay that way when the sun disappears. If you build a fire pit it will look a lot better than standard outdoor heaters. Put some comfortable chairs around it and you will feel like you’re sitting around a camp fire. Where are the marshmallows?

Out with the old

Go outside and have a look at everything on your decking at the moment. Has winter been kind to your furnishings? Are there some wooden boards that look like they’re about to collapse the next time you stand on them? If anything is looking a little worn you should replace it will something new. You can also paint the whole deck and it will look the same as the day you build it.

Add a hot tub

If you wanted the ultimate relaxation toy for your garden do you have any idea what it would be? A hot tub has got to be at the top of your list and if your decking is raised high enough off the ground you could build one into it. If you’re sitting in your bathing costume you will want some privacy, so you can surround the tub with tall plants and turn it into a luxurious oasis.

Extend the deck

Whenever you build something new it’s natural to err on the side of caution. That means your decking is maybe not as expansive as you’d like it to be. When you start adding lots of bits and pieces to it there won’t be a lot of room left, so you could maybe try and expand it. It will leave you with a lot more room to move around, and it will be much more enjoyable when you have guests over and you’re not squashed together.

An outdoor kitchen

How often do you expect to eat dinner inside the house when the sun is out? Once you start eating outside it’s going to be addictive and it’s the perfect excuse to build an outdoor kitchen. If you want to keep it small you could just build a barbeque, but the sky is the limit. You could have a sink, a refrigerator, and anything else that can fit in the designated kitchen space.

Add some lighting

You want to create a beautiful ambience when people are eating dinner and you can do that by adding some nice lighting. It also makes it a lot easier for you to stay out because moonlight can only brighten the place up so much. You can add little lanterns along the top of the railings, or they can just be hung on the wall. You could even get solar lights and stick them in the ground all around your decking.