Windows – curtains or blinds?

Sorting out the right window treatments in your home can pose a bit of a dilemma. Should you opt for drapes, for example, or should you choose blinds? Both curtains and blinds can be aesthetically pleasing and both provide privacy. In some ways the choice you make comes down to personal preference and decorating style although there are undoubtedly some particular windows that lend themselves to one or the other, or even a combination of both. Here are some things to think about when it’s time … [Read more...]

Three Steps to the Perfect Cost Saving Basement Renovation

If you have an older home that has a basement, there are a multitude of things that you can use it for. In addition to using it for storage and simply chucking your old things down there, you could also consider creating a whole new extra room in your home by renovating your basement – something that doesn’t have to cost quite as much as it sounds. When it comes to renovating your basement the possibilities are endless – you could have an extra living room, another bedroom, or even a … [Read more...]

Home Reno Made Simple: 3 Jobs an Oscillating Multitool is Perfect For

Only around 50 years old, the oscillating multitool has seen a rapid rise to ascendency, quickly becoming a favourite of handymen, woodworkers and DIY fans alike. Believe it or not, the oscillating multitool was actually invented to help cast casts off broken limbs, but nowadays, there’s a woodworking version and it’s incredibly versatile, here are just 3 simple DIY jobs that it can help you complete in no time: 1)      Trim Overhanging Door Casings If you’re brave enough to be … [Read more...]

Do It Right! Here’s the Correct Way to Use a Tap and Die Set

A tap and die set is made up of tools used for cutting screw threads into holes and bolts. The tap is used to cut the threads into a hole or a nut. The die is used to cut the threads onto a rod or bolt. By matching up the correct sizes of threads on each element, you end up with a secure fastener whose parts fit together perfectly. It’s actually quite simple to use a tap and die set properly. All that you need is a decent tap and die set and a few tips on how to use it. With the right … [Read more...]

Why Choose Eco Friendly Materials for Your Home?

A lot has been said about the best ways to save money on the cost of a new kitchen. From upgrading old furniture to doing your own plumbing, there are a hundred and one different ways in which a savvy homeowner can protect their pockets and stay green at the same time. But in the search for the cheapest home renovation, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what’s actually best for the planet. And in the case of almost any home renovation, this usually comes down to what materials you’re … [Read more...]

Three Amazing Ways to Use Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is a curious product. It’s modern, but at the same time has a slightly vintage look about it. It can be polished up to a high shine and yet remains relatively inexpensive. It’s durable, flexible and waterproof, and yet it barely makes an appearance in the home. In fact, you’re probably only really likely to see sheet metal if you drive past an old barn, visit a warehouse-type store or take a trip to your local commercial building site. And yet, this innocuous material is … [Read more...]

Bosch PB180 Compact Radio Review

Bosch PB180 COmpact Radio

Recently we were asked if we wanted to receive (free) a new 18V outdoors construction site radio from Bosch, the PB180 Compact Radio; we were intrigued so we said yes. They also sent along (again, free) the Bosch BC660 Lithium-ion battery and charger. We were surprised ... pleasantly surprised. This construction site or outdoors radio is small; by my measurements it is 12 inched long, 5 1/4 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches deep which makes for easy portability. It comes with the Bosch … [Read more...]

Solutions For Living in a Hard Water Area

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Jordan Peck. ++++++++++ Hard water is water that contains lots of dissolved calcium, magnesium and other minerals. If you live in a hard water area, you're probably familiar with the problems that come along with it - dingy clothes that feel harsh and scratchy after washing, crusty 'scale' on your kettle and appliances and trouble working up a lather in the bath are just a few of them. Hard … [Read more...]

ACCELL’s Surge Protection Solutions Home and Away


Recently I received for review two products at no charge from ACCELL: ACCELL Powersquid Surge Protector and Power Conditioner ACCELL Home or Away Power Station   ACCESS Powersquid I have started to use this device in my own home office. Here are the summary product details from the packaging: Five 100% transformer block compatible outlets 600 Joules of surge protection 6 foot 14-gauge power cord Limited 5-year manufacturers warranty 15 Amp circuit breaker providing … [Read more...]

Turning Your Box Room into a Brilliant Guest Room

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Luke Dubuis. ++++++++++ The poky little dumping ground that has only ever played host to defunct gym equipment, questionable clothes you never wear and boxes of files, is about to be reborn as a compact but comfortable guest room.  It’s time to de-clutter, clean and get savvy with your space. Firstly: furniture and storage. Consider reducing the amount of furniture in the … [Read more...]

What Is The Best Duvet Cover Material?

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Chad Harwood - Jones. ++++++++++ You may not fully appreciate it, but your duvet cover really is the key to getting a good night’s sleep. If you’ve got one that you like then it is likely that you don’t notice it, but get a bad duvet cover and it will ruin your night. There are so many different options out there which make it hard to know where to start choosing your new cover, … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Roofing Options

Thanks to increased literature on the issues affecting our planet, more and more people are choosing to go green. Almost every aspect of our lifestyle can be adapted to make it more eco-friendly and, when looking for ways to improve, the home should be the first thing to be put under the magnifying glass. There are many benefits to going green, aside from the knowledge that you’re helping the planet. Being eco-friendly can also increase your bank balance over time. For instance, the Eco … [Read more...]

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