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Think Green When it Comes to Your Countertops

A big trend in countertops is eco-friendly options. Eco-friendly means that the materials for the project come from sustainable sources that are not harmful to the environment. In today's world, more people are learning about the benefits of building, decorating, and living in a more eco-friendly manner. To protect the planet and environment, more people are taking steps to reduce their ‘carbon footprint’ and are choosing more ecologically sustainable materials for their home renovation projects. Because of this rise in environmentally friendly attitudes, eco-friendly renovations and home dÈcor have become a rising trend. Your countertops, in the kitchen and bathrooms specifically, are no exception. Eco-friendly countertop materials are not only environmentally sound, but also attractive and affordable. These countertops are trending right now, and for good reason. Here are some popular choices for eco-friendly countertops: Salvaged Materials Giving your home, especially the kitchen, a ru...

 


DIY Lighting Projects that Won’t Break the Bank

Inside or outside your home, simple lighting upgrades can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. A change in lighting fixtures or bulbs might seem like an almost too simple answer to small home renovations, but they can really change the entire mood and atmosphere of your home. 1. Outdoor Lighting The outside appearance of your home is what you choose to display to the outside world. People driving by, your neighbors, and the people that come to visit you see this outside display first. Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can make a huge difference. Certain fixtures can dress up and beautify what might otherwise be a simple dÈcor. Fixtures Depending on the dÈcor style of your home, there are many styles of lighting fixtures for outdoor lighting. For a more updated and modern look, chrome or metal colored spotlights and track lighting can brighten up your outdoor areas. If youíre looking for a more traditional or rustic style of lighting, there are lamps and sconces for litera...

 


Attic Projects With Big Payback

Whether you are selling your home now, planning to in the future, or are just looking to increase the value of your home, you can do so with relatively simple attic renovations. One of the most recommended upgrades for attics is finishing the space so that it can be an additional useable and livable area in your home. Doing so can increase the value of your home, giving you an excellent return on investment. 1. Finished Attic There are many things you can do with a finished attic. Depending on the size and shape of the room you have to work with, a finished attic could act as an additional office, playroom, man cave, sitting area, or living room. Attic Bedroom Renovating your attic into another bedroom is an excellent way to use the space and get a big return on your investment. Another finished bedroom is always a perk when it comes to the value of your home, and a creative use of attic space as another bedroom is a great seller. Efficiency Apartment If you really want a huge return on your investm...

 


Painting Project - How to Choose the Right Colors

When painting a new home, or simply updating the dÈcor of your current home, a little paint can go a long way. Choosing the right colors can seem like a daunting task, but it really all comes down to what you like. Rule #1: Go with What You Love No matter what, the most important part of choosing the right paint colors is to choose what you like the best. After all, you're the one that has to live with it. If you like bold colors, don't be afraid to show it. Bold colors can be quite attractive in any home, old or new. Play off the colors of your furnishings and any architectural pieces (such as molding) and go wild. If you like bold colors but aren't sure that you would like them on your walls, consider using them as accents throughout your home. For example, you could have one accent wall painted bright red or blue. Or you could paint bookshelves or furniture with the bold colors and keep your walls neutral. Stick to a Scheme Whether you are going with bold colors or sticking to a more neutral palett...

 


Review: Black and Decker HPD18AK-2 18-Volt High Performance Drill

There are so many things around the house that need to get done - ranging from hanging that new flat screen to changing out old cabinets to hang new ones. When you have projects to do around the house, you need to have the right tool. You need one that will provide the strength, the speed and the power that you need to see the job through to completion - and that's exactly what you get with the Black and Decker HPD18AK-2 18-Volt High Performance Drill. This drill has a gearbox with two positions - meaning you get tough torque power and fast drilling combined. The high torque motor is made to withstand heavy-duty repetitive use and is professional grade with a lot of features to offer. One of the other features you'll love is that it has a chuck with a spindle lock, so exchanging the bits is a fast job - and when you get this drill, it comes with an additional 10 pieces of bit accessories, enabling you to handle any job. You don't have to buy extras in order to get started. You'll get the most often us...

 


Review: Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Kit

A rotary tool offers users so many options that it's one tool no homeowner should be without. In the Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Kit, you get a tool about the size of one of those universal remote controls. You would think something so slender couldn't possibly have so much power packed in it, but while it looks small, it does have a lot of power as well as versatile uses. Using this tool, you can work on craft projects, do some woodworking or other hobbies or work on those honey-do projects. It's even handy in the yard because you can use it to keep the blades on yard tools, including lawn mowers, sharp and in shape. With a solid reputation, this Dremel product is ergonomically built - and once you have one, you'll wonder how you managed without it. You can use the tool for working with wood projects, including small ones like setting up miniatures - and you can use it for sanding paint - including from delicate pieces. It can also be used for polishing or for cutting, carving and l...

 


How to Free Up Space In Your Garage

As the keeper of everything that is really not worthy to go into the house, your garage can be one of the messiest places in your home. Why? Because it’s viewed as nothing more than a storage area and a place for your car to live. If you’re like most people, your garage is probably a jumble of tools, old toys, sporting equipment, and just plain trash. While this is not the time to drag everything out to the driveway and do a complete clean (save that for a Saturday in the spring), there are a few things you can do in your 15-minute allocation of time – although some preparation must have taken place prior. Be sure you have organized your garage in such a way that everything has a place – and that means on a wall, on a shelf, in a cabinet or in a designated floor area. It’s helpful to label these areas so that when you do a 15-minute decluttering, you know where everything goes. When you’re ready to start, first take your car(s) out of the garage. It’s ea...

 


Tips for DIY Bathroom Projects

If your bathrooms are out of date and falling short on style, it might be time for a remodel. You don't have to pay a professional to get professional results, though. You can make small or even big changes to your bathrooms yourself. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself bath remodels that can save you time and money: Keep It Simple When doing a full remodel, try to make things a little easier on yourself by not getting too crazy. For example, when replacing your old toilet with a new one, install the new toilet in the same place as the old one to avoid cutting new holes in your floor and messing with the plumbing. For vanities and tubs, if you are replacing, aim to find replacements that are the same width to avoid having to cut into walls. Tile Work Tiling your bathroom walls or the floors can be a lot of work. You can save yourself some trouble in the future by choosing a neutral color scheme for the flooring and wall tiles. This can make it easier to redecorate in the future if your new dÈcor sc...

 


Review: DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter-Saw

Whether you're doing home projects or working in your personal wood shop, inaccurate cuts add to the cost of tasks because you end up having to buy more material so you want a miter saw like the DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter-Saw that specializes in accuracy. The design of the DEWALT enables you to cut fast and cut right every time you use the saw so that you can have perfect 90 or 45 degree cuts - and it's perfect for cross cuts, too. It has a lot of convenient features that can make any project you tackle turn out right. First, it offers users a nice 10-inch blade that's powered by the strength of the 15-amp motor. Since it has a no load speed rocking it at 4,000 rpm, whether you're cutting a baseboard or something else, the task gets done quickly. Another feature with this miter saw is the versatility that lends to precision, thanks to the 11 positive stops. Getting the miter angles correct isn't a problem because of the adjustable cam lock miter handle - as opposed to a sys...

 


Review: Black and Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator

If you've ever had to drive around looking for a gas station with an air pump so you could use it to inflate the tires that went flat on bikes, you know how irritating that can be. Of course, tires on a bicycle aren't the only reason why it's handy to have an inflator like the Black and Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator. You can plug the inflator into a regular socket to use an inflator around the house, but you can also take it with you wherever you go. Nothing is worse than being at the water park and your kids are playing with the inflatable water rings, when all of sudden one or more goes flat. Beach toys, camping out - for anything that goes flat and needs air, wherever you are, this can be a tear saver! The inflator has 160 PSI so it can easily take on pumping up those tires on bikes or lawnmowers or kids' inflatable toys within minutes. But it also has the power to pump air into bigger items like an air mattress. When you're filling up the object with air, you won't have the inconvenient task of...

 


Review: Sinometer 60 Watts Soldering Iron

Having a soldering iron like the Sinometer 60 Watts Soldering Iron is great for all of your soldering projects. You can use the soldering iron to complete installation on some projects, and it's also handy to use for repairing other items. Homeowners also use a soldering iron to weld plastics and the tool can also be used for drawing onto wood for craft projects. This soldering iron is inexpensive and gets hot fast - heating up within just a couple of minutes. Because it's lightweight, you'll get easy maneuverability no matter how big a job you need to do. The Sinometer is handy to have around the house to use for soldering whenever you have an appliance or tool that gets a loose connection. You can solder it right back together and save yourself some pretty costly repairs. Around the house, the soldering iron is also great to use for electronics. Because it's easy to grip, you can work on delicate pieces like a circuit board and you'll be able to repair computers or stereos yourself. The soldering ir...

 


Review: Allied Tools 49030 180-Piece Home Maintenance Tool Set

Needing a tool and not having it when you need to repair something in your home or you want to get something done to add quality to your home can be very annoying. Even if you’re not someone who does a lot of fix-it yourself projects around the house, a tool kit is the kind of thing that’s there when you need it. It’s one of those things where it’s better to have around and not use it than to need it and not have it. The Allied Tools 49030 180-Piece Home Maintenance Tool Set gives you everything you can think of needing. Not only is this handy to have around your own home, but it makes a great gift to give someone who just bought their first home. The tools have steel working ends but rubber handles so that it’s mixing long lasting strength with comfort for your hands. The handy carrying case that the tools all come in keeps every tool firmly held in place but they’re easy to lift out of their spot, too. The case is tough and can be stored in the home, garage ...

 


Review: Wagner Power Products 503008 HT 1000 1,200-Watt Heat Gun

The Wagner Power Products 503008 HT 1000 1,200-Watt Heat Gun is a great tool to have at home or on the job due to how versatile it is at handling so many different needs. This heat gun has a basic purpose where it can be used for simple projects like thawing out pipes that have frozen (use the lowest setting so pipes don't thaw too fast), removing paint or getting up floor tiles. There are two temperature modes on the heat gun. The lowest gives you a temperature of 750 degrees and the highest gives you a temperature of 1,000 degrees. These temperatures are both perfect for getting rid of ice that's built up in a freezer or for freeing stubborn bolts that have become stuck due to rust. It has 4,100 BTU so you can get paint off the walls - even if there's more than one layer of paint. The tool has a weight of 1.9 pounds, making it lightweight - and the angle of the gun means it's easy to grasp. The settings on the tool are easy to change and it heats up fast. The gun can be used on various jobs around the...

 


Review: DEWALT DW920K-2 1/4 Inch 7.2 Volt Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit

The DEWALT DW920K-2 1/4 Inch 7.2 Volt Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit has a screwdriver that holds up when other ones don't. It can do the job that other screwdrivers can't. This is a must have tool for both home do-it-yourself tasks and professional jobs. You can work on small jobs (such as hanging cabinets) or you can use it for a complete remodeling job. With the specs this tool has, it's no wonder why it's a favorite to use. Start by taking a look at how much torque you get. This screwdriver delivers 80 inch-pounds of torque. Whatever you need fastened or tightened will get done with just the right amount of power for the job. Pre-drilling is easy through any material. You'll get 7.2 volts - and because every job doesn't need the same amount of rpm, you get a wide range of 0 to 500 rpm speed. You get a 15 range in torque settings, and since the user in control of the torque speed, you can pick the right speed for any job. Because you control the torque and speed, you'll have the power you n...

 


Review: Apollo Precision Tools DT0773N1 135-Piece Household Pink Tool Kit

When you have some household projects to do, you really need a good tool kit with the kind of tools that are long lasting and give you precision ability for the job at hand. Tool kits have all the basic tools for your needs and they often include plenty of helpful extra tools as well. The Apollo Precision Tools 135-Piece Household Pink Tool Kit is just the right took kit for any household project. This kit offers plenty of tools and the tools come with a nice, pink color. When these tools are sold, some of the proceeds go to support causes for cancer of the breast, so you’re not only getting solid tools that’ll last you, but you’re also supporting a good cause. Because of their color, these tools make a great gift for a birthday or for the person heading off to college. There’s always a need for tools in a college dorm. In this kit, you get a hammer that has a claw for removing nails. No home should be without a hammer or two because they’re just such versatile tools...

 


Review: Black and Decker 9099KC 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill With Keyless Chuck

A cordless drill is a must have tool around the house and you want to get one that has a quick trigger because this makes it easy to start the drill, but is also an important factor in not overdrilling and causing a screw to become stripped. You also want to get one that has a long lasting charge hold. You also want the tool that can be used as both a screwdriver and a drill. The Black and Decker 9099KC 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill With Keyless Chuck fits that description and lets you to do a lot - from little projects to more complicated ones. There are a lot of pros for choosing this cordless drill. Because it has a keyless chuck, it will hold the drill accessories firmly in place so that as it rotates, the pieces won't fall out. The handle is built into the mid section of the drill, which gives the tool an even balance and makes it easier to be used with just one hand. So if you're by yourself, you can hold a piece of material steady with one hand and drill with the other. Having the handle in the middle ...

 


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