5 tools you need in your workshop as a DIY-er


Are you too used to the idea of running to your dad and borrowing his toolbox whenever you have a DIY project on your hands? That may not be a big problem if it only happens once in a while. However, if you plan on creating your own workshop, then there are some things that, as a DIY-er, you should have. Here is a short list to get you started.



A set of screwdrivers

If there was a first thing I purchased for my workshop at home, that must have been a set of screwdrivers. So many projects require such a tool, and the more you have, the better, because different sizes can easily be needed for various projects.

From tightening loose drawers to repairing lighting fixtures, and even opening can lids, there are many applications for one or more screwdrivers. Having a set helps you keep things well organized and you will never lose one of them.


An old fashioned claw hammer

A hammer is another piece of hardware that you should not lack in your toolbox. Whether you need to drive nails into a piece of wood or engage is demolishing small constructions, you will find this tool handy. Make sure that the hammer you pick is heavy enough.

A 16-ounce model is the most recommended. I like it best because I can carry it around, but it is not too lightweight. Also, here is a piece of advice: go for a model with a synthetic handle, because it will last longer than one with a wooden handle.


Tape measure

There are very few DIY projects that do not require any measurement. So, if you are to be true to yourself, as a DIY-er, a retractable tape measure should be on your shopping list. It may sound like a too mundane tool, but if it’s missing, you will know how much you need it.

Portable drill

The chances are that you will need to drill holes and drive nails and screws into wood or other materials when you work around the house. A portable drill is an essential tool because it does not depend on electric outlets being around. Get a model with a lithium-ion battery, as these are the most durable.


Circular saw

If you can afford it, a saw table is the best choice, but a circular saw can be a reliable alternative just as well. For making straight cuts fast and smoothly, there is no other tool to compete in this field. Whether you need to cut through ply wood or engage in small furniture related projects, a circular saw will prove indispensable.




Things you need to consider when you’re in the market for a ceiling fan


Getting a fan is a good idea if you want to be friendly to yourself and the environment. On the one hand, such a product can help you save some bucks that you’d otherwise spend on power bills. It’s impossible to compare an air conditioning machine to a fan, at least in terms of energy consumption. Also, using AC way too often is horrible from an ecological standpoint.

I recently got a nice Hunter 53091 Builder Deluxe for my bedroom. There are several things that I like about this particular model; one of them is the size as the blades fit the dimensions of the room I’ve installed it in. As the unit seems to have been created to serve consumers as best as possible when it comes to efficiency and performance, it didn’t manage to disappoint me up until now.

When I started my search for the best ceiling fan, I had to read heaps and heaps of reports and reviews. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the terminology used for such devices, so it was rather difficult for me to understand what I had to look for. As I said above, the first thing I had to consider was the size. It used to be that too large fans could not be installed in too small rooms. Now, that room no longer applies as manufacturers have worked on the design of such products so that they are stable enough to be installed on any ceiling.

If the room you plan to set up your fan in is big, you obviously need a bigger fan, and the other way around. Next, you should take the motor into account, as well as the blade angle. The power needs to be given some thought to, and that’s for sure, but you should also look at the construction quality and the materials that the blades and main unit have been made out of.

How you can control the unit also matters. What are your habits, in this sense? Do you prefer using a remote control or would have nothing against using a panel installed on a wall next to your bed or door? If you’re focused on enhanced comfort, you probably want to customize the speed and orientation of the blades while you’re sitting in your bed or on your couch.

Your budget is another thing you have to keep in mind. While some models cost around two hundred dollars, others won’t force you to take over eighty dollars out of your wallet. Basically, bigger fans cost more than smaller ones, but that’s only natural. It’s up to you to understand just how much you’re willing to spend on a fan and whether or not it’s something you actually need.