How to Collect the Right Tools

Written by: Quick Home Tips

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve just recognized it’s finally time to own your own tools, it can be a daunting task collection all the versions for the job. Of course, it can also be quite expensive too. But the last thing you want is to need a tool and not be ready for the job at hand. Better to have a strategy for slowly amassing all the necessary components over time.

First, be sure you run this strategy across your spouse for approval. As we mentioned, this collection can become expensive, so you’ll want their support. Be sure to explain to them why you’re doing this.

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Second, there are some basics you need immediately. Fortunately, you can find a number of tool sets that come bundled and are far more affordable than buying each separately. Tools included should be things like hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, tape measures and perhaps a saw. Superglue is good to have on hand too.

Over time, then, you can add on more important options like a combination wrench or a metric socket set. Of course, depending on the type of home you have or the projects you have in mind, other tools may be more important to you. Just take the time to think about which options make the most sense for what you need.

Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer

Written by Your Filter Connection

Summer is nearly here, which means it’s time to prepare your home for the hottest months of the year. While most people get out and about during this time of the year, the home is always the comfortable refuge from the hot weather and blazing sun. By preparing ahead of time, you can decrease the chance of getting stuck without air conditioning or breaking a useful home appliance. Here are a few tips for home owners to prepare their house for summer.

Replace the Air Conditioner Filter

The home air conditioner is the most important piece of equipment during the summer. It’s what will keep you and your family cool and comfortable while the temperature outside reaches triple digits. But chances are you haven’t turned it on since last summer, when you might have used it nearly every day. Just like you will have to purchase a replacement furnace filter before wintertime, the same rule applies to your air conditioning unit.

If you haven’t touched your air conditioning unit since last year, it’s time to replace the filter and prepare it for this summer. Replacing the air conditioning filter will allow the unit to work properly and capture air born contaminants from circulating back into the air. Air conditioner filters are affordable and can be found at Your Filter Connection.

Replace Other Filters

Depending on the appliances you have in your home, you might need to replace more than your air conditioning filter. If you have an air filter, make sure that the filter is clean and new for the new season as well. Other filters to replace in time for summer include your water filter, the fridge filter, and humidifier filter.

Bring Out Cotton and Linen Fabrics

During the cold months of the year, our homes are usually adorned in warm thick materials, from thick drapes in the living room and bedrooms to warm and heavy blankets on our beds. But summertime calls for light and airy fabrics such as cotton and linen. Take a look around your home. It’s time to bring out new fabrics. Exchange heavy drapes for light and thin drapes. Get rid of heavy blankets and throws and bring out cotton sheets, blankets and comforters. The same rule applies to fabrics in the kitchen. Light and airy drapes will invite the summer breeze and allow the sun to shine through, while light and airy blankets and comforters will keep you from getting too hot during the warm summer nights.
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Your Filter Connection is an online retailer of replacement filters for air conditioners, furnaces, air filters, and humidifiers. Visit the website to purchase your furnace filter today.

Tools for Fixing a Car

Your car consists of thousands of moving parts and potential trouble spots. A good mechanic routinely inspects these parts, so you only make small repairs over time to keep your car running. You can run the same maintenance out of your own garage if you have the tools for it.

Lubrication

The internals of a car need to be lubricated frequently to keep those moving parts running well over time. A grease gun can be a handy tool to lubricate parts that are hard to reach by hand. You load the gun, then pull the crank to apply the lubrication. WD-40 is another compound that can fill some limited uses, like lubricating small internal parts or cleaning the grime off of something.

Hand Tools

Most car tail lights can be changed by hand if you have a simple socket wrench. Simply fit the ratchet over the bolt, then rotate to loosen. Once the plate is off, you can swap out the old light for a new one and bolt the plate back into place. You can also use a wrench, but the socket wrench is much more efficient. If you plan to do any interior wiring, bolt cutters will be very handy for stripping and cutting those wires.

Other hand tools that come in handy include screwdrivers, which can be used for both screws and for prying. It’s also helpful to keep lighting close at hand, so you can actually see what you’re doing as you work on the car’s internals.

Heavy-Duty Tools

Every car needs more than just surface maintenance, even if those jobs are few and far between. With a heavy-duty car jack, you can easily change tires or fix your own brake pads. You can also change your oil if the car is lifted from the ground. An air compressor is another heavy-duty tool that is handy for your garage. You can use it as a pneumatic socket wrench, or you can blow away debris and grime from your work space at the end of the session. You can also fit a nozzle at the end and use your compressor as a power washer, stripping away the grime from the internals of your engine with powerful blasts of water.

If you plan to spend some time beneath your car, don’t forget to purchase a kneeling pad to keep from damaging your knees.

Final Thoughts

Cars require a lot of work, which can eat into your budget unless you perform the repairs from the comfort of your home. It’s cheaper to invest in reliable tools now than it is to make repeated trips to your mechanic.
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Toolsmith Direct sells utility knives and other automotive repair tools for individual enthusiasts. Conduct repairs out of your garage with tools from Toolsmith Direct.

When Do I Need to Clean My AC?

Article written by MovinCool

Air conditioning units are a piece of machinery that require more maintenance than you think. Most people can leave it as it is and allow it to get dirty and old due to neglect. You should not let that happen by making sure you have a proper regimen when cleaning your air conditioner.

Schedule

A very important part of cleaning an air conditioner is when you clean it. This will all depend on how frequent you use it. Your home air conditioner will have different schedule of use. Obviously it will be used less in the colder season and more in the summer. Portable A/C is no exception to this and should be cleaned in proportion to how often you use it. If it is something that you use a lot, then it is something you should clean a lot. If it is something you use sparingly, then there is no need to clean it often. Industrial air conditioning is used almost everyday. This is why you should clean this quite often; at least once a month.

What to clean

Cleaning your air conditioner’s air filter is something that should be done quite often, maybe every couple of weeks. This is the first thing that will get dirty since it is the first part that the air will pass through. This means that all the dirt and particles in the air get trapped here. It’s important that this maintains relatively clean so that other parts of your air conditioner will not get damaged.


 

MovinCool is a DENSO corporation brand that has an extensive line of portable air conditionerunits. They come in different configurations so there is one that will surely match your purpose.

The newest bedding collections from Vera Wang

Article written by BeddingStyle

Being one of the most prominent fashion figures in the world, Vera Wang is a brand that’s not just known for dresses, it’s also branched out into other fields as well such as fragrance, jewelry, eyewear, footwear, and houseware as well. Beddings are also a consumer favorite from Vera Wang. Vera Wang Bedding and Bedding Sets range from $24.99 to a few hundred dollars which includes products such as duvet covers, sheets, quilts, daybeds, blankets and throw pillow, as well as beach towels too. Their latest designs for bedding includes scrolls, pom poms, puckered diamond matelassé coverlets, embroidered lattice, shibori diamonds, gossamer, and a whole lot more. Their designs are mostly plain, minimalist, and elegant. They aren’t too loud and aren’t too dull as well.

In a sense, you could say that they look very inviting, cozy, and it definitely has that feel of home. The colors that they use are also mild, very easy to match especially with what you have in the bedroom such as your curtains, drapes, and your carpet too. Being as it is a designer brand, you’d be surprised and pleased to know as well that it’s not as expensive as you think. To sum up their new houseware collection, it is nothing short of elegant. Their designs are well-thought of, and it will definitely be a perfect match for your home whether it has a modern or classical design. And the degree of comfort of their bedding is just divine, absolutely divine.


 

Their products range from a wide collection that includes comforters, blankets, duvets, and collections from classic to modern bedding.

Heat Things Up with Your Next Renovation

Written byEZ Floor Heat

When you’re in the mood to renovate your home, you’ll immediately be greeted by more options than anyone can count. Nowadays, any room in your home can potentially be renovated any one of a number of ways. However, there’s one especially cool way to add high-tech comfort to your home, though it actually involves heating things up. If you want to add to your home’s value and comfort, consider electric floor heating.

The concept is pretty self-explanatory. We have the technology in today’s day and age to heat the floors of our homes. You can immediately see why this is amazing. With each step, you’ll constantly be coming into contact with the warmth in your home. If your home suffers from some areas that simply don’t get the heating attention they deserve, you can rest assured this won’t be an issue any more.

One of the best parts about heated floor technology is that it can be used in any room in your home. It doesn’t matter if you want a heated tile floor or one in a carpeted room. Every floor in your home can give off heat all year round.

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EZ Floor Heat is your premier resource for the best way to remain warm in your home all year round. Their website carries a number of Electric Floor Heating options, including those by Easy Heat, that guarantee you one of the most innovative ways in the world to remain comfortable.

 

 

Three DIY Patio Furniture Makeovers

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If your home has a patio, you know how wonderful this outdoor space can be. A patio is a great extension of your home living room, where family and friends can relax, socialize, and enjoy the great outdoors. For all of these reasons, most patios are furnished with comfortable patio furniture, including rocking chairs, benches, and chaise lounges.

But patio furniture doesn’t last forever. If your patio furniture is getting old, it’s time for a DIY makeover. Just because patio furniture is worn out doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. There are many ways to update old patio furniture and bring it back to life. Here are a few simple and affordable DIY patio furniture makeovers.

New Chaise Lounge Cushion

The chaise lounge is a wonderful invention, a chair and bed hybrid designed for the outdoors. If your chaise lounge needs a makeover, consider replacing the cushion. A new patio cushion will allow you to keep the chair and enjoy it once again. When buying a new cushion for a chaise lounge, remember to purchase outdoor foam designed for patios. Outdoor foam will stand up to the outdoor elements without growing mold or getting destroyed. Simply purchase foam in the right size and shape. Consider adding a new cover for a completely new look.

New Patio Bench Cushion

If your bench is feeling a little uncomfortable, bring it back to life with a new cushion. It’s simple and affordable to replace your patio bench cushion. Simply visit your favorite online foam retailer, such as The Foam Factory. Next, look for dryfast foam, or foam designed for outdoor use. Next, find the right size and shape foam. You can also purchase a larger sheet of foam and cut it yourself at home. Finally, get new fabric for a complete makeover that will enhance your patio and add comfort to your outdoor living area.

New Sofa Cushions

Do have nice patio furniture with a sofa? An old sofa often gets uncomfortable simply because of the cushion. An easy way to update your couch is to purchase a new cushion. As mentioned with the chaise lounge and the patio bench, it’s important to purchase outdoor-ready foam, such as dryfast foam. Once you have the right foam, you can cut it to fit the shape and size of your couch. Finally, update the entire patio furniture set by purchasing new covers. You can also buy fabric and sow your own covers.
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The Foam Factory is an online retailer of quality foam products, including foam for seat cushions and dryfast foam for patio furniture and boats.

Interior Metal

Interior doors are less celebrated than their exterior counterparts.  Perhaps because the desired “curb appeal” aspect is absent, people spend less time and thought on creating an interior door experience.  And this lack of respect for the interior door is also a missed design opportunity.

In recent years, the use of metal doors for entry and other exterior doors has grown exponentially.  It’s not only a modern take on the door, but the cleaning and maintenance are dramatically less time-consuming than that of a wooden door.  Though aluminum and metal doors create drastically different aesthetics, they remain viable options for your home, even if you’re not an ultra-modern fan.

Here’s a few ways to integrate an aluminum door in your home:

1. Laundry Door.  An aluminum door with, one, three, or five lights, can create sophistication in one of the messier rooms in the house.  If you select a frosted or other glass design, you can hide those messes while also keeping the flow of natural light from your home to the laundry room.  The aluminum also signifies a change in purpose, giving notice to guests that this room is unlikely a space for visitors unless specifically directed otherwise.

2. Master Bath Door.  A sliding aluminum door is a great way to add dimension to the attached bath in your master bedroom.  Using a sliding or barn door function maximizes the space in  the inside (if you pick an in-swing) or the outside (for an out-swing door), and if you include a lite (one, three or five), you can again create openness without the transparency of clear glass.  A bonus is the moisture from the showers will have less penetrating effect than they would on a wood door.

3. Kitchen Door.  okay, so this is not going to be the dutch door, pie-cooling ledge look (although ETO Doors does offer Dutch doors, should you be interested in the same), but most chefs would agree, you can never have too much natural light in your kitchen. Pick an aluminum door with one or three lights, and a clear or near-clear glass option, and watch your kitchen feel larger instantly. We can’t makeup for the lack of counter space though…

If it’s time to replace some of your interior doors, ETO Doors offers a wide selection of aluminum doors made in the downtown Los Angeles warehouse, and ready to ship anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.  To hear more about the aluminum doors, or the other doors ETO doors offers, call 888 DOORS ETO or go to www.etodoors.com.

How to Buy Upholstery Foam

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Foam is a versatile material than can be used to revive old furniture seats and cushions. In fact, a growing number of furniture owners are using foam to update everything from chairs and couches to benches and outdoor patio seats. Many people prefer working with foam because it’s affordable, flexible, and extremely easy to use.

If you’re in the market for upholstery foam, you might be overwhelmed with the many options for sale. From flexible polyurethane foam to Dryfast outdoor foam, there are countless types of foam to choose from. But fret not. With a little research and helpful information, it’s easy to find the foam you need for your DIY upholstery project. Use the following tips to find upholstery foam according to your project requirements.

Choose the right foam retailer. Before you can buy foam, you will need to find a trusted retailer. Whether you find one online or at your local mall, make sure that the retailer specializes in foam products. This means that the retailer’s main business is selling foam. Purchasing upholstery foam from a specialized dealer such as Canada Foam by Mail ensures that you’re getting a higher quality product. In addition, a specialized foam retailer will know more about foam than a mega retailer that sells thousands of different items. The right foam retailer can answer all of your questions and help you find the right type of foam your project.

Find the right type of foam. When searching for upholstery foam, you will need to narrow your search based on the type of furniture you plan to revive. For example, if you need foam to replace couch backing cushions, we recommend super soft foam. This foam usually lasts about five years and can also be used as a mattress or a mattress topper. If you need longer-lasting foam, consider high quality upholstery foam, which lasts up to 16 years.

Outdoor furniture and marine seating also requires different type of foam. If you plan to use the foam for outdoor patio furniture or boat cushions, it’s important to buy outdoor-ready foam. Outdoor foam is designed to withstand rain and other outdoor conditions without falling prey to mold and bacteria.

Purchase the right amount and size. Many foam retailers sell foam in standard sizes and shapes. However, the right retailer can custom cut foam to fit your needs. It’s important to properly measure the cushions or seats you plan to replace. Then, use the measurements to order new foam. You can ask the retailer to cut the foam, or purchase large sheets and cut the foam on your own using a using an electronic knife or sharp carving knife.
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Canada Foam by Mail offers a variety of foam products, including upholstery foam in Canada and polyurethane foam in Canada and around the world.  

 

Easy Makeover Ideas for Your Bedroom

Written by BeddingStyle

Does your bedroom need a makeover? Whether you need a change or would like to replace old furniture, giving your bedroom a makeover can be a fun and exciting project. It is a great way to celebrate a new season or a new chapter in your life. Although it can be fun, redecorating can also be overwhelming. Where do you start? How much money do you need? How long will it take?
The good news is that with a little planning, you can revamp your bedroom without spending a lot of time and money. The following are affordable and easy makeover ideas for your bedroom.
Purchase new bedding. Do you have old, faded bedding? One of the easiest ways to transform the look of your bedroom is to buy new bedding. Designer bedding can revive a drab bedroom. It can also add style and much-needed comfort, especially if you invest in quality bedding. There are many bedding collections on the market, available in various colors, patterns and styles. It’s easy to find an affordable set that matches your style and budget. For example, BeddingStyle.com carries beautiful bedding collections at discount prices.
What do you need? When buying a new bedding, it’s important to purchase an entire set, including a comforter (or duvet), bed skirt, shams, and sheets. An entire set will add the most color and texture to your room. For additional style and texture, you can also purchase matching throw pillows or a throw blanket.
Get new curtains. Does your bedroom have curtains? Once you have your bedding, another easy simple way to improve the look of your bedroom is to purchase new curtains. Curtains should match the rest of your décor, including the bedding. Whether you choose solid color curtains or patterned curtains, make sure that is complements the room instead of taking away or clashing with the rest of the décor. Purchase light, airy curtains for the warmer months and thicker curtains for wintertime.
Add wall art. White, bare walls can get depressing over time. It’s important to add character to your room with wall art and décor. Wall art includes posters, paintings, framed photographs, clocks, and decorative pieces. The idea is to decorate your walls with art that complements the rest of the décor. Wall art doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make it yourself or purchase affordable art from discount stores and garage sales.
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BeddingStyle is an online retailer of designer bedding and home goods, including bedding sets, duvet sets, bath towels, and giftware.