While certainly the presence of summertime is joyful for the few who are still in school but have an 8-10 week break here in the US, it's also a dreadful time for plenty of people (especially those who work outside for a living). While it's not possible to totally avoid the heat, and live in … Continue reading Escape from (Heat)
So, now that summer has begun, I'm certain most people are excited for the cool nights spent by a campfire, surrounded by friends and family! I'm going to go over a few things that could help make this summer the best one yet. One of the more important aspects of a cookout is organization. There's … Continue reading Enjoying the summer
Naturally, the ideal summer would be spent traveling for 60 full days without a care in the world. But for most of us, that's not exactly possible, and so I typically turn to small projects, short day trips and time at the park.
In your lifetime, work will take up at least 50% of your time. It's like our second home (unless you're lucky enough to work from home doing something you enjoy). I realize this blog has been based around home improvement, metalworking and woodworking; I want to take a step back this week and talk about … Continue reading Hitting the ‘pause’ button
While puns aren't important, some basic knowledge on a press brake can be! What is a press brake? Well, it's basically a big machine that presses sheet metal (usually) using a set of what is called "tooling dies" to form a bent work piece. With that use, they're loosely referred to as a "benders". There … Continue reading This is Pressing!
Walking into a home and seeing pastel yellow paint in the kitchen (with all of the appliances to match), gives the feeling that we've just walked through a time machine and we're standing inside of a 1970s home. While we wait for the record player to spin up some Conway Twitty to fill this IBM … Continue reading House out of date?
Plenty of people want to improve the overall look of their home from the exterior. But, the options available are so plentiful, it's sometimes hard to narrow down what will make your property look best. Have you looked at your driveway lately? Is it raggedy looking cobble stone, dirt/gravel, cement, or cracked and faded pavement? … Continue reading Improve your “Curb Appeal”: Driveway Edition
If you're sitting in any room in your house during the cooler months of the year and feel a breeze (no matter how slight), you may want to check it out. While having the ceiling fan or some other type of air circulation device running may be soothing, that's not what we're talking about. What … Continue reading Tips to eliminate drafts in a home
Every American probably has though to themselves (or out loud) at least once that owning a home would be magnificent! A place you can modify and improve upon for years to come. Some even jump online to look at listings and dream about their ideal home. But, hold up. There are some things you should … Continue reading Buying a House? Consider this!
You're pretty handy around the house, and you can usually fix your own problems. But what about a leaking roof? Are you prepared to invest time, energy, and money into doing a job that may not withstand the test of time before needing more repairs because maybe one step got left out? You're lucky to … Continue reading Finding a good contractor