Whenever we set out on a “do it yourself project” we know we have to make sure that we have the tools and equipment we need in our inventory, workshop, or garage to handle the process. There’s nothing worse than having the wrong tool, and trying to make do, or having an insufficient tool of low quality that does not work, or breaks. It is indeed completely aggravating, and it not only slows us down or puts us back a day in our home improvement projects, but it also sends us to the store to spend more money to buy the right tool.
This is quite a dilemma, problem, and challenge for a good many folks like me who like to do their own home improvement projects. However, in any type of chaos or crisis there is always an opportunity. In fact, as an online article writer with over 18,300 articles, I’ve seen such challenges in my personal life, as an opportunity to write an article about it.
After all, each and every experience that we have is a lesson learned and something we can pass on to others. Writing online articles to pass on knowledge is a very noble thing to do. If you have a tool that breaks, or have to go through the process of studying all the potential tools to use in a given project, you should write it down every step along the way. Then you should put it all into an article.
The first important thing you need to remember, is to put important key words that people might search on the Internet when they have the exact problem that you had. These words should be in the title of your article and in the very first paragraph of your article. Next after explaining the problem or challenge; write about the solution, what you’d learned. How the finished product came out better because you used the right tool.
Having done this a number of times, I’ve often gotten e-mail feedback from my readers thanking me for saving them the time and not having to learn the lesson, or have the problem that set me back. Please consider all this.
If you go to a typical home and garden store, you may get the impression you need dozens of tools to keep your home in good shape. After all, there are literally thousands of outdoor tools and other pieces of equipment for sale. Well, you simply don’t.
I love to do small jobs that make a big difference. Granted, some big repairs can’t be avoided, but I am going to give you what is probably considered the three most basic outdoor improvements you can make with the biggest return, and they require very few outdoor tools or no equipment.
Spruce Up Your Yard
1. Edging. With a decent manual or power edger, you can make your yard look noticeably nicer in just a few minutes. Edging your sidewalks and driveway is one of those things that is so simple, yet makes such a great visual improvement. Clean lines make a whole yard look cleaner and crisper, and the only thing you’re doing is clipping blades of grass in a straight line!
Tools needed? A lawn edger. And you can spend as little as $20 or up to $400 for a new one. For twenty bucks and about 10 minutes, your yard can look much more manicured than ever before.
Better yet, buy a weed whacker that can both edge your walks and driveway and also trim high grass along fences and brick work. It’s that easy.
2. Weeding and Trimming. Another yard-sprucing-up technique is simple weeding and trimming. When you hear this, you may question the word “simple” as you conjure up negative pictures of big, time consuming jobs. But, actually, if a little weeding and trimming happens each week, you very seldom, if ever need to experience long, hard work.
The key is to do a little bit a lot of times. Yep. That’s the key. When a yard or landscaping bed is overgrown with weeds, you’re in for some work, but if you pull just a few weeds out each week, there are far less to pull, and they come out easily because they haven’t had time to grow deep, tough roots.
Trimming can also be easy if you don’t let hedges, bushes and trees get out of control. It’s amazing how the identical home can look amazingly better with well trimmed bushes and shrubs. It not only makes your landscaping look better, it makes the whole house look better. Well maintained landscaping somehow transfers to the actual house. It’s that simple.
Tools needed? Not much. There are a few variations on the standard hand-tool weeder, and you can spend as little as $5 and up to $30. Newer “twister” designs and even stand-up designs with foot plungers make weeding easier, and will cost you just a little more.
For trimming, you have a whole host of options, but you don’t have to spend a lot. Basic pruners and clippers are inexpensive, and again, the key is to keep on top of the growth.
De-Clutter Your Yard
I’ve always been amazed how the beauty of a property can be improved by simply keeping it clean and clutter free. Garden hoses, yard knick-knacks, and other stuff lying around makes a yard look cheap and poorly maintained. Even simply sweeping or blowing away leaves, clippings and other debris makes a driveway, garage floor or sidewalk surprisingly more beautiful in just moments.
Tools Needed? Well, you might invest in a decent quality gas blower. I did almost 20 years ago (won’t mention the brand, but my father-in-law convinced me to buy good quality and I’m really glad I did.)
Even if I barely move anything in my garage, just taking two minutes to blow out dust and leaves off the garage floor makes the whole thing look better. And taking three minutes to blow the grass clippings and other stuff off my driveway and sidewalks does the same thing. A good blower can cost you $300 or more, but like I mentioned, I’ve had mine for twenty years and I love it.
Other than a blower, de-cluttering your yard just requires you and maybe a broom. And, as you can see from above, edging, trimming, weeding and basic de-cluttering takes surprisingly little investment by way of outdoor tools and equipment, so save your money, consistently put in little bits of labor, and you will keep your yard both beautiful and inviting to everyone passing by.
If you have ever had to do a home plumbing project by yourself then you may have asked yourself where to buy plumbing tools and equipment. That’s a good question for either a homeowner or even a plumbing company owner. Plungers, pipes, lube, glues, wrenches and more are just the start when it comes to being able to complete a plumbing project. These three quick ideas will give you an idea on where to find the best deals for plumbing supplies.
One great way to find plumbing equipment for low prices is by talking with a local hardware store owner who may be able to play middleman between you and his store’s supplier! This is a great way to gain trust and some discounts from your local hardware store.
If you need some type of plumber’s tool immediately because you have an emergency at your house then you may be stuck with calling or hiring a plumber. So if this is your situation the quickest way to find a good plumbing service that is open 24 hours is to search online!
The third scenario when you may need to know where to buy plumbing tools and equipment may be when you need a specialty tool that is tough to find. Well there are many retailers who sell hardware, piping, fittings, and other accessories for do it yourself projects so you may need to search around online.
Take your time when searching for a supplier to buy from regardless if it is online or not. The best choice is to check with your local hardware or construction store, that just might be the cheapest and quickest way and besides that you’ll always gain favor from the store owner.
It always seems like this is the time of year when stores have their pallets of food out for sale. From canned tuna fish, to powdered eggs and milk. But the biggest problem is that you should be stocking up and survival tools and equipment all throughout the year, not just a few times. There are many different kinds of survival tools, and not just food. You should always be prepared for an emergency, because you never know when a disaster may strike. Being prepared can save your life.
There are different types of survival tools and equipment, much of it depends on where you happen to be in an emergency. Basic survival tools that you will need no matter if you are at home or on the go is a survival knife, flashlights with extra batteries, or even a flashlight that has a hand crank. A shortwave radio is also a must, that has the National Weather channel, as well as news channels. Perhaps one of the most important tools you should always have is a well stocked first aid kit.
Some other all around survival tools and equipment you should always carry are fire starters and dry tinder. Matches and lighters are good, if you have them, or if they are dry, but nothing beats a good flint and steel, or other similar survival equipment. These can emit a shower of sparks that are thousands of degrees, and can get a fire starter quickly and easily. Fresh dry tinder is also a must, since you never know if you are going to be under wet conditions. At the very least, make sure you keep some plain steel wool and a 9 volt battery in your survival kit.
Any survival tools and equipment that serve multiple functions is definitely something to purchase. Here are some examples of multipurpose survival tools. One is a Swiss army knife. Most of these come with at least six different tools, but many have 16 or more. There are different sized blades, cork screw, screw drivers, can and bottle opener. These even come with a small pair of tweezers and a tooth pick. Larger models may even include a pair of scissors, a magnifying glass for starting fires, and some may even have a compass built right into it. The sixteen tool knife sells for $9.99.
Another top of the list survival tools is the six in one folding shovel. This product is handy in just about any situation, and should be included in any survival tools and equipment checklist. This tool has a shovel head, dual hammer/hatchet head, as well as a saw. The shovel head includes a can opener, and the hatchet part has a nail puller. The handle has a push button locking mechanism, and the saw slides into the handle for secure storage. This unit sells for just $19.99.