Lean-To Sheds – How To Build One In A Weekend

If you are unfamiliar with what lean-to sheds are then here is a basic description of what they are, what purpose they serve, and some tips on how to go about constructing one in a weekend.

As suggested by its name, a lean-to shed is a wooden construction that is usually built along side an existing building, whether that be your house, fence or something similar. They are used to store outdoor equipment, firewood, lawn mowers etc and can be an extremely cost-effective outdoor storage solution.

Building a lean-to shed doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact they can be constructed in just a weekend if you had the right tools, materials and shed plans.

The first thing you must consider when building a lean-to shed is to understand the intended purpose of the shed, that is, what is it going to be used for. If you are reading this article then you have probably already thought about this. However, you should also consider whether or not the design could be expanded to incorporate other outdoor items as well, making your lean-to shed more versatile and even more cost-effective. Doing this simple task will then help you to identify not only the best location for the shed, but it will also help you to conceptualize the design.

The next thing to do is to gather as many lean-to shed plans as possible, endeavoring to consolidate your design. You can get some free lean-to shed plans off the internet or you can get them from your local hardware or timber supply store. The design of your lean-to shed will be limited by what you intend to put it up against, however, as I mentioned earlier, the shed doesn’t have to be built up against your house, it can be constructed against a solid fence, a barn, a sleep-out and the list goes on. So don’t just limit your ideas to your house.

I have two lean-to sheds on my property. I built one lean-to shed up against a fence in the front of our house. This is a simple design, it has two large fence posts holding up an inclined roof which is supported on the fence. It gets plenty of air circulation and this is where we keep our recycling, compost and rubbish bins. This kind of lean-to shed took me a weekend to construct, and I must say it is a perfect solution for our bins.

The other lean-to shed is where we keep our firewood. This lean-to is much bigger and is propped up against the back of out house. This design has a corrugated iron roof and again plenty of air circulation to help keep the wood dry from the elements, even in winter.

Once you have your design consolidated the next thing to do is to figure out material costs. Also take into consideration the tools you may need for the job, because they could add up especially if you need specialized equipment. You don’t have to buy all of your tools. With some of the more expensive items it may be more cost-effective to hire them for a day. However, you should have a clear idea by this stage as to what equipment will be needed if you have a good lean-to shed plan.

As you can see the thing that really drives the success of a project is the quality of the shed plan. A good shed plan drives what materials to buy, the potential cost of the project and ultimately what the shed will look like once constructed. With a good shed plan it is definitely possible to construct a lean-to shed in a weekend, I know because I have done it and so can you.

Migraines and Legs – Is Your Leg Length Difference Causing Your Migraine Headaches?

Migraines can be caused by having a short leg. According to a study by the US Army, approximately one out of ten people have an actual leg length difference.

Myofascial (muscle and soft tissue) pain experts Drs. Travell and Simons said that a leg length difference of 1/8 inch or more puts you at risk for pain and dysfunction. Why? Because your body does things automatically to try to correct or adapt or accommodate that difference such as tilt, twist or rotate. These positions can cause a migraine.

There are two types of “short legs.” Both can cause migraines.

One is an actual anatomical difference which could be caused by severe injury or polio or nature and is measurable on x-rays. It could be either the upper or the lower leg bone.

The other type is a functional leg length difference. That means the bones are all the same length but muscles in the body cause one hip to lift. Your hip bones can move independently of each other so it is possible to have one hip that is higher or more forward than the other.

People with a leg length difference often have migraines because walking with a tilt puts a lot of strain on the muscles at the base of the skull. It causes a rotation (slight turning) of the head. That can affect the nerves and blood vessels which play a part in migraines. Those people can have other pain, too, such as hip pain on the short leg side or low back pain pain or TMJ dysfunction.

What’s the fix?

Good news! There is a relatively easy fix so you don’t have to go through life “out of balance” and with migraines.

Anatomical short leg:

Lifting your entire foot on the short leg side enough to level your hips will go a long way in helping you feel better, have fewer migraines, and fewer problems with your neck and muscles.

This requires that you only wear certain shoes. They must have a solid, thick hard rubber sole. A shoemaker can split a firm rubber sole and add a layer of neoprene rubber to lift the short leg. This doesn’t work with air or gel type shoes.

Also, if you have a really skilled shoemaker or cobbler, he might be able to remove your whole sole and replace it with a new, thicker sole.

It may seem like a lot of work or you might not want to give up your stylish shoes but the benefits to your body are huge.

Functional short leg:

A skilled massage therapist can help relax and release the tight out-of-balance muscles that are pulling your bones out of neutral.

How do you know if you have a leg length difference?

Perhaps one pant leg is always longer than the other. That was the clue for my 91 year old client who had back pain and migraines for over 70 years. His doctors never looked for or told him he had a leg length difference but he told me, “My tailor always told me I did!” His anatomical leg length difference was about 2 inches.

Maybe when you look in the mirror you can see that one shoulder is higher than the other or that your head sits off the side instead of dead in the middle of your body. That’s a clue, too.

Or, as you look in the mirror, does your belt line always sit lower on the same side?

How do you know how much lift you need?

A doctor can take x-rays of your legs and hips and measure for you. Or, you can “guestimate” by placing notebooks or magazines under your short leg and adding or removing pages until you feel level and look level in the mirror. Many neuromuscular massage therapists are trained in measuring leg length differences also.

When you get rid of an actual leg length difference and stop the tilting and twisting that your body does to try to make corrections, you can have fewer migraines.

What else can I do?

There is a lot of information and misinformation about migraines. Doctors mostly look at trying to help you get rid of them rather than figure out where they come from. Here’s a clue: There are things your body likes and things it doesn’t like.

In addition to getting your hips level (which your body likes) you can take steps to relax the muscles around your head and neck (which your body also likes.) You can also do simple, gentle movements to help correct your posture and relax your back (which your body likes. too.).

There can be multiple causes for your migraines but the more causes you can get rid of, the less pain you will have.

PLEASE NOTE: Whenever you do movements for your neck, always do them carefully, slowly and thoughtfully. Pay close attention to what’s going on so you don’t aggravate your touchy neck and cause a migraine.

A Short Description Of Baby Strollers

When you are shopping or walking with an infant or toddler, there can be problems trying to carry the child, purse, diaper bag and any parcels you are buying. Baby strollers make the transportation much simpler and less burdensome. Holding a baby can be tiring for you and the child as well. The stroller allows you to have free hands and a place to carry some of the items while transporting the baby.

Ease in moving the child and associated items is the reason for using a stroller. A typical stroller has many pockets and holders so that you can put bottles, bags and extra diapers in your stroller without having to carry a heavy diaper bag on your shoulder. You can then push your child's stroller easily and spare yourself the extra weight.

Pick a stroller that is sure to be durable. Even if you only use the equipment for one child, you can put a lot of wear and tear on the moving parts. As your child grows and becomes heavier and more active, they may want to crawl out of the stroller. It needs to be strong enough to handle the attempts. The wheels need to be solidly fastened to the axle, especially if you plan to use the stroller on rough ground. The sunshade is usually movable so the hinge should be sturdy enough to handle the repeated repositioning.

Various styles of strollers help you to find the one that best suits your lifestyle. The light weight strollers can be quickly folded up and put in a automobile. There are tricycle style strollers and the more common four wheel styles.

The stroller you choose should be large enough that you will not need to replace it to get a larger size. There will often be a shade or bonnet that may be adjustable. Sometimes the basket part of the stroller is convertible to be used as a carrier or a infant seat. The handle on a stroller might be a steering style with a single pole or the bar type.

Adjustable components of your baby's stroller are common. Most strollers can be folded flat so they fit easily in an automobile. The shade bonnet for the stroller helps keep direct sun off the baby's face. The back of the seat can often be lowered into a reclining or semi-reclining position so your child can sleep in comfort without having to remove them from the equipment.

Babies require lots of equipment and supplies. Baby strollers are important when you want to bring your child along without carrying the baby all the time. In hot weather, holding a baby can result in overheating both you and the child.

Sun Awnings – Difficult Installations

Patio Awning provide perfect shade from the sun and can also be used as shelter from light showers. Awnings can provide excellent room shade, keeping your room cool and protecting your furnishings from the rays of the sun, or even provide a sheltered area to sit under outside.

Often it can appear that an Awning would not be able to be fitted to your home due to not having an obvious flat wall to fit to. Luckily there are some solutions for several of these types of problems.

Low roofed homes such as bungalows can appear the most difficult property to install a Sun Awning to. It is important that you never fix your awning into the top courses of bricks as there is no strength there. If you do, the chances are the bricks will pull away causing the awning to collapse as well as damaging your property.

Spreader plates are the ideal solution to this problem. As the name suggests, they spread the load of the awning down the wall. Usually they are flat plates that are around 50cm in length. They have three or more fixing points down them allowing to spread the load and take the fixing points away from the top courses.

Low roof lines can also cause an issue with the awning height. If you have a low roof then the awning will be installed low. This means that the front plate will be extremely low and cause a hazard for bumping your head on! Generally there is no scope for putting a decent angle on it to let water roll off adequately if it rains. This will lead to water pooling on the fabric and will damage the awning very quickly.

Brackets can be used here that bring the awning out from under the soffit and up to or slight above the line of the guttering. This will allow for a much better pitch and still keeping it above head height. Again, the bracket spreads the load down the wall.

This type of step out bracket is ideal for many other situations. For example, tile hung walls are very popular but usually the tiles start right when you want your awning. A small step out bracket will solve this problem.

If you have a solid wall you may still hit another problem. What if you have a down pipe in the way? Pipe brackets are the ideal solution here. These compact brackets extend the awning away from the wall to clear these types of obstructions.

There are some instances where no bracket will allow installation. Perhaps the brickwork is old and crumbling or perhaps you want an awning for your static caravan or mobile home. In these instances the best solution is to use support posts.

Support posts are generally made out of 80mm box section and they are sunk into the ground by around 600mm. They are coloured to blend with any environment. The posts are installed as close to the wall as you like. They are totally freestanding so there is no strain on the building itself.

There is rarely an instance where a sun awning can not be installed at all. Often these methods do cost a little bit more than a straight on the wall installation but the benefits that a sun awning can bring to your life is well worth the extra investment.

The Different Types of Motocross Racing

Motocross and dirt bike racing is as popular as ever, all over the world. Let’s take a look at the many different types of motocross racing that are popular these days:

Freestyle

Freestyle motocross is sometimes also known as FMX. The main difference between freestyle and regular motocross is that riders try to gain points from judges based upon tricks that they perform. Tricks may include the 360, backflip, underflip, frontflip, carolla, scorpion, tsunami and sidewinder, among dozens of other tricks. There’s also different types of landings and take-offs. One handed, no handed, side saddle, you name it. Famous freestyle motocross riders include Carey Hart and Mike Metzger.

Supermoto

This type of motocross racing began in the 1970’s as a fun side project for motocross racers. Supermoto is a type of race where motocross bikes that are meant to ride on dirt are modified so that they can compete on pavement, as well as dirt. The track for a Supermoto race consists of both dirt and pavement. The bikes must have special tires with specific types of grooves that can handle both pavement and dirt tracks during the same race.

Enduro

Enduro is a type of off-road race with different challenges and obstacles included. There’s often several stages and the bikers race against the clock in a timed trial as well.

Trials Motocross

This is a more straightforward type of time trial race. Motocross bikers race on a dirt track and they are timed. So instead of tricks or jumps, the focus of the race is purely to get the best time or to beat the best time.

Hill Climb

A hill climb motocross event is exactly as it sounds. Riders must go up a hill and try to get the fastest time. In some cases, the race may be to see who gets the farthest up the hill in a certain amount of time. Hill climb motocross is also called hillclimbing.

Supercross

Generally, supercross is a term used to describe an event, usually taking place in a large stadium, fairgrounds or arena that has installed an artificial and temporary dirt track. The track would consist of jumps as well as obstacles. The type of motorcycle used is a very high performance, specially outfitted bike made specifically to handle the high jumps and sharp turns that are typical of the event. Recently, there have been events that used temporary tracks that were modified to take place in smaller arenas such as basketball and hockey arenas.

ATV Quad Motocross

This type of motocross is not for motorcycles but for ATV’s or Quads, also called All Terrain Vehicles. The bike has four wheels and special frames and tires that are built for dirt racing.

Sidecarcross

This sport with a funny name is also called sidecar motocross. A sidecar is attached to the bike where a passenger will stand. The passengers job during the race is to provide a counterweight. The sport has declined in popularity in recent years, however.

Which Bridge to Cross

You would be hard pressed to find any structure more metaphorical than a bridge: building bridges unites people, burning them creates division. There’s a bridge over troubled water, and water under the bridge. The same bridge that links a city to its homeland today may also cut it off tomorrow. Time is the bridge between now and then. And so it goes.

Naturally, there are many types of bridges in existence, some created by geography, others constructed by people. The appeal of accessing an island or any remote area otherwise cut off by water seems to be universal. Bridges also serve to mend great tears in the landscape, spanning canyons, valleys, and existing roadways.


I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.

Artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi 1720-1778

The history of bridge building in the world has always been characterized by the quest for better design and strength. The oldest surviving bridge, on the road between Epidavros and Nafplio in Greece, has stood for well over three thousand years. It is, of course, built of stone, a material that, along with iron and steel, has ensured the longevity of many bridges since. Roads in Britain still follow much of the map established by the Roman Empire, but their bridges were mainly constructed of timber and have long since disappeared, as ephemeral as the rivers that flowed beneath them.

Medieval bridges leading into towns also served as fortifications. The location of many of these bridges can be known by tracing the funds required to build and maintain them, which were generally put up by boroughs (via taxes), wealthy lords or the church. It was not uncommon to find a chapel built on a bridge or on the bank at either end; before Georgian times in England, one could see shops crowded along bridges, especially in larger cities, such as York, Bristol, and London.

The Industrial Revolution inspired major advances in bridge technology in Europe and in America. In the US, engineers experimented with different models, beginning in the 1850s and leading to established standards by the 1890s. Early bridge designs, often prototypes for later projects, capture specific moments in history.

Historic bridges in the United States are defined by their eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, established in 1966. Near Frederick, Maryland, you can visit three charming covered bridges, all built around the same time (1846-1856), and all registered since 1978.

Indeed, the design and construction of a specific bridge is both a snapshot of a moment in architectural history and a view into the preoccupations and priorities of the society that built it. The need for a bridge and the will to erect, maintain, and repair it over time often mobilized entire communities. Utica Mills began life as a two span bridge over one river, but after the Johnstown Flood washed it away in 1889, it was resurrected as a single span bridge over Fishing Creek. Loys Station was almost completely destroyed when someone set a pickup truck on fire on its deck as part of an insurance fraud scheme.


Any old bridge will generally tell a story about our past.

Nathan Holth

Throughout its lifetime, every bridge becomes a stage on which a cast of thousands act out their individual scenes. It is likely, for instance, that Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry crossed Roddy Road Covered Bridge in 1863 during the Gettysburg campaign of the Civil War. Since that time, the bridge has suffered damage and been repaired on many occasions, always as a result of citizens’ efforts. In 1992, a truck jammed into the bridge’s roof and truss. With the help of many volunteers and a local company, Heavy Timber Construction, the bridge was restored to its original condition in 1993.

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, opened in 1883, was the first suspension bridge to use steel wire cables instead of iron. Sailors accustomed to high rigging were hired to string the 1,500 suspenders for the deck.

The risk above the bridge was matched by the danger below. To build the two giant stone towers, timber caissons were sunk deep into the riverbed and filled with concrete by crews of men in air-locked dungeons. Digging until they reached bedrock, some of the workers (dubbed “sand hogs”) were ultimately afflicted by decompression sickness, the same hazard risked by deep-water divers when rising to the surface too quickly. The condition disabled Brooklyn’s engineer, Washington A. Roebling, resulting in the completion of the work by proxy through his wife Emily, also a trained engineer. All told, at least 20 people lost their lives in the 14 years it took to build the Brooklyn Bridge.

Capturing the moment is the photographer’s interest also, but mainstream photography has usually focussed on the subject and its treatment. Film isn’t the most tactile or flexible medium. Processing requires planning and the results depend largely on a rather distant manipulation of the elements, literally fumbling around in the dark with tongs and hypersensitive chemicals.

With the emergence of digital photography, the potential for image altering and editing becomes infinite. In some ways, this plethora of options could be interpreted as freedom from the limitations imposed by more archaic methods, but it also adds such complexity that a single vision becomes difficult to achieve. Push against this medium and it doesn’t push back – it adapts and expands. Only the artist can decide which moment out of a million is worth preserving.

In her work, photographer Jane Linders revisits the relationship between subject, medium, and process. A cyanotype of the Brooklyn Bridge is printed on a page torn from a 1939 Sheet Metal Handbook. Cyanotype prints are a crude photographic process during which an absorbent surface is soaked in a solution of water, potassium ferricyanide, and ferric ammonium citrate to render it photosensitive. Objects or negatives are placed on this surface and exposed to light (traditionally sunlight) and then the material is rinsed with water. The result is a white print on a blue background. The process was widely used for copying architectural plans, the origin of the term blue print, and adds an additional layer of interest to Linders’ series of architecturally themed images.

Polaroid image transfers are created by migrating the dyes in the emulsion of a peel apart print to a receptor surface such as watercolour paper. The resulting one-of-a-kind image looks like a combination of photography and painting.

Beginning a study of historic bridges is to embark on a journey that can literally take the traveller all over the world. Many fascinating adventures can be planned by researching and mapping the location of bridges you might wish to explore. When you find one, there is much to be discovered about the bridge itself, from background information about its construction, to its purpose and all of the details that make up its structure.

Unfortunately, bridges that aren’t protected by public institutions such as the National Register of Historic Places risk falling into disrepair, leading generally to demolition. Historic bridges are an endangered resource that require protection and funding for upkeep. Nevertheless, they constitute a surprisingly rich and interesting collection with a mystique that appeals to all generations. Best of all, they are accessible. You don’t need a ticket to see a bridge, although you may sometimes have to pay a toll to get to the other side.

BRIDGE GLOSSARY

Abutment: Part of the substructure of a bridge that holds up each end

Pier: A support between the abutments

Caisson: A filled metal tube that acts as a pier

Span: A section of the bridge between the piers and abutments

Skew: An angled bridge

Deck: Bridge surface that carries traffic

Truss: Triangular framework often constructed of metal

Plaque: A decorative label placed on a bridge to identify the bridge builder and often including officials, contractors, and engineers.

Bowling Green Kentucky Assembly Plant – Where Corvette Magic Happens

Located in Bowling Green Kentucky is the assembly plant where all the Corvettes in the world are produced. In essence the plant is responsible for the magic that has come to be known as the Corvette and has been the magic producing plant since 1981.

Almost 500 people are employed at the one million square foot factory and each and every year it is those employees who are responsible for every aspect of the Corvette. The plant is a place where raw materials get put together bit by bit and in the end you are left with a new Corvette bound for the lucky buyers across the country.

As is evident by the 1981 opening, the Corvette was not always birthed in Kentucky. In fact, the first ever run of the Corvette in 1953 took place in Flint Michigan. The first 300 were put together almost all by hand as the Corvette represented the first car for GM to be mass produced using fiberglass.

The next year in 1954 the Corvette’s production was moved to Saint Louis and that remained the home of the Corvette until June of 1981 when the move was made to Bowling Green. The plant was previously a Chrysler air conditioning unit factory and that meant that the building would have to undergo major renovations. When all the saw dust settled GM had created a state of the art plant that was almost twice the size of the original building and the production of the Corvette was now able to be accomplished using all the latest and greatest in gadgetry for the time period.

Over the years the Bowling Green plant would see many Corvette milestones. On July 2, 1992 the one millionth Corvette rolled off the assembly line with all the big brass at GM in attendance. That mark was truly amazing and represented the mainstay that the Corvette had become in America.

In 1996 after the completion of the 1996 model year the plant was completely remolded from the inside out to accommodate the next generation of the Corvette as in 1997 the C5 was born. Though the plant has undergone some upgrades along the way since, the 1996 remodeling was the biggest change to the plant to date.

On May 28, 2009 the 1.5 millionth Corvette was made and the numbers of the Corvette keep growing with every passing year. Because of the dedication and the devotion of those who work at the Bowling Green plant, in 2009 the Corvette was ranked top GM model and fifth in the industry overall from JD Power and Associates in the category of quality.

Today the plant is still rolling strong and is currently ramping up for the next model year Corvette. If you are a Corvette freak then a trip to the assembly plan should be added to your “have to-do” list. An estimated 50,000 tourists visit the famed plant each and every year and many are lucky enough to see the actual production taking place. GM even offers an opportunity for those who have ordered a Corvette to tour the facility and witness their own Corvette being born. So whether you have ordered a Corvette, already own a Corvette, or just love the American Icon, a trip to the place that creates all the Corvette Magic will surely leave you with a smile on your face and memories that will last a lifetime.

Tips on Mounting Into Dry Walls

Attaching anything to a dry wall is a problem most home owners have faced at some stage. Everything from paintings to mirrors each presents their own problems.

In most cases, extremely light objects can be handled with products as simple as double-sided velcro tape. Moving up to heavier objects, the situation becomes more complex. Shelving, whitegoods (dryers, washing machines) and of course, televisions fall into this category.

Unfortunately, studs are not always available. Or, in many cases, only one is in the correct position.

All wall types present their unique blend of complications, but mounted correctly, nearly every wall can accommodate a quality TV mount.

Television mounts add to the problem, and not only due to physical weight. Television mounts that extend from the wall exert additional pressure for every inch moved forward.

It is important not to use guesswork when mounting into a dry wall. Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions to see if the model chosen is suitable for dry wall mounting.

Plus, you must use dry wall anchors supplied. If there is no specific mention of dry wall mounting, don’t risk it.

Stud walls, in theory, should be uncomplicated. Find the studs, screw in the mounts securely and you’re done. But, as simple as this sound, we suggest taking out some time to make sure the job is done correctly.

Firstly, never mount into metal studs. Metal studs are strong, however they present a problem for screw threading, and will never be able to grip adequately due to the very thin wall sections of the studs. When mounting into wooden studs, observe the following:

  • Find the studs using a battery operated stud finder. If you don’t have a stud finder, you can locate the studs by tapping the wall with the base of your palm. The sound should change once you hit the stud area, although this is not a guarantee that you actually locate a stud. Or, tap small nails into the wall close to the skirting board – you’ll know once you hit wood.
  • Try to locate the centre of the stud for maximum strength.
  • Locate both studs before drilling. One stud may have a metal plate join, meaning you may need to locate your mount slightly higher or lower.
  • Drill your holes cautiously – it’s better to drill to small than too big. You need the tightest fit possible with the hardware that you will be using.
  • Before mounting your TV, check the strength of your brackets by firmly pulling up and down on them.

Remember, studs can be placed at different intervals. If you can only locate one stud within the desired range, don’t assume that you can use a dry wall anchor on the other. Dry wall anchors can only be used for mounting products specific to this task.

Don’t let a dry wall exclude you from the benefits of TV wall mount hence with a little bit of care, you’ll be enjoying your wall-mounted TV in no time at all!

SDS Hammer Drills

Bosh Company first introduced the SDS hammer drills or Special Direct System Drills in the year 1975. These equipments are very much similar to regular hammer drills but in a more improved and developed sense which allows the later to have more power in terms of hammer blows. To function well, a user should need SDS drill bits that makes hammer drills safer in terms of minimizing hammer slips.

As a comparison, the normal hammer equipments have to moved the entire whole drill chuck in order to produce hammer action whereas when using an equipment, user will only have to allow the bits to move inside the chuck, which allows power to direct accurate and efficient work. The SDS hammer drill is far better when it comes to performance drilling of objects like concretes.

There are absolutely a lot of advantages when it comes to hammer drills. One SDS hammer drills is far beyond the normal equipment when talking about hard drilling jobs. The hammer can drill 90% through an object and finishes the job more quickly than any normal drills. As compared to a normal drill, you will be able to finish ahead when using an equipment.

In addition, SDS drills are controlled through different modes. When you want to drill in normal speed without much action, you can opt for a maximum speed of 1500RPM slower. You can also choose hammer only mode or often called “roto stop”. When using this, you have to fit a range of SDS chisel bits or even use the equipment in micro drills like a concrete breaker. This mode is best opted for light drilling action, removing tiles or bricks, or even creating socket cut-ins or cable runs.

You will also be surprised at how an hammer equipment can be so much quieter than any normal hammer when drill provides that SDS drills have better and tough performance. There are also safety clutches provided by hammer equipments like the ability to cut the power of the drill once it jams in any object being drilled.

When looking for a better and ideal drill, you have to look for the ideal weight, which is usually 2kg and up to 4kg. There are also low end or budget SDS drills but they are much heavier than the good ones.

Additional features of drills include speed control that can allow you some bit of control when it comes to handling and drilling specific and various objects. There is also the rotation lock control that allows user to lock the chisel so it won’t be moved once a user decides to drill into an object thoroughly.

When using an drill the first time, you should be extra careful in drilling walls as it may collapse because of the power drill brought about by drills. It would be best to equipment some holes first to avoid this kind of problem. It is suggested that to give a maximum power, drill a bit in the title with an inch or 1 1/8 inch. However, under power drill will result if there are bigger equipments bit.

Mosaic Art – Another Creative Outlet

Mosaic is the art of creating images with small pieces of tile. It has been around for centuries. Mosaic art can be used to add pizazz to picture frames, tabletops and backsplashes, to name a few.

Arranging mosaic tiles into an image can be a science. Artists have used mathematical equations in order to create intricate patterns. These days detailed works are often designed on a computer first and produced with the use of computer- aided drafting programs. The tiles can be glued onto a variety of surfaces including wood, plaster, concrete, glass and metal.

Preparation of the surface is very important to ensure the work remains intact. The method the tiles are arranged will also play an important role in the integrity of the piece. The direct method involves gluing the tiles directly onto the surface, following the under drawing as a guide. The work can be visible as it is made, allowing the artist total visual control. The disadvantage of the direct method is that it must be done at the desired surface, which can be tedious for those working on walls and ceilings. In addition, evenness of the surface is more difficult to control with this method.

The indirect method allows the work to be transferred from one place to another. The tiles are placed face down on a paper backing then later transferred to the surface. This method results in a smooth surface and is good for large projects.

The double direct method is the most complicated. The tiles are placed on a medium such as a fiberglass mesh and then covered again with another layer which makes this method ideal for works that require major transportation.

Anyone can enjoy creating mosaic art because the supplies are fairly basic. Artists can find a variety of tiles from those who sell wholesale mosaic tiles for low prices. Grout can be purchased from any home improvement store and is easily dyed to match the work. Stepping stones and coasters are good projects for the beginner artist. More advanced enthusiasts can create beautiful table tops and floor pieces. The extra ambitious can challenge themselves by using mosaic tile art for their backsplashes in their bathrooms and kitchens.

Children can also enjoy mosaic tile art. Fun kits are sold with basic instructions that are easy to follow. Kids will enjoy putting their personal spin on name plaques and picture frames. Mosaic art is fun and relaxing. People of all ages can enjoy creating artistic, personal works. Because of the individuality of each small tile, mosaics are like snowflakes-no two are the same. Colorful, patterned tiles broken into small pieces can make a piece full of detail. Creating images requires a person to break an image down to tiny segments. Get started with mosaics today and open yourself up to a whole new way to look at the world.

Laying Tile

Are you thinking about laying tile in your home?

No matter whether you want to do just your kitchen or your whole house, it’s quite possible to do it yourself. Some of the great things about a ceramic tile floor are it’s durability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. It’s one of the most waterproof floor coverings as well, which means it’s less prone to mold problems.

Assuming you’ve got your materials picked out and purchased, the first thing to do is get the subfloor ready for your tile. Take up any floor covering that might already be there. Scrape, and then sweep, the floor clean. If you’re subfloor is particularly unruly, think about using a backerboard.

Now you’ll want to decide on how you want your tiles to be laid out. Do you want the lines between them to be diagonal, or square with the walls? Do you want to have equal cut tiles on each side, or just fill in one side?

Use a notched trowel and thinset mortar to glue the ceramic tiles to the floor. Don’t spread more thinset than you can comfortably reach from your knees. Start in the middle and work outwards.

Let the tile dry for a day. Then it’s time to grout. Push the grout between the tiles with a rubber float, while constantly keeping up with wiping off the excess grout with a sponge. Then let the grout dry for another day before walking or moving furniture on the new floor.

So, laying tile is not that difficult. Hard work? Yes. But it’s a simple process that anybody can get a hold of.

Hiring a Contracted Painter

When it comes to hiring a contractor to do one's home improvement work, many homeowners feel lost. They do not know how to tell a good contractor from a bad one, unless they have been directly recommended by a friend or relative or neighbor. Deciding to paint one's home can be a lofty task and hiring the right person for the job can make the burden of the project seem much lighter.

A contracted painter can be invaluable to a homeowner's remodel or home improvement movement. The skill they bring to the table is unparalleled among most homeowners and their experience can be helpful planning and designing the color scheme or style of the painting. Choosing the best contracted painter from a list of up to a dozen is the challenging part. Find the painter who you believe will be 'gung-ho' in a sense and take an interest in your vision and project. Success being a motivating factor for these contractors, they will usually pour the very best of themselves into ensuring the job is done right and in a timely manner. Not every contractor is like this, however, and weeding through them to find those who will increase to the hassle of remodeling is important.

Those contractors who just do not seem to care about the project or the vision and ideas of the homeowner is probably one you'd look to avoid. Unfortunately for some, this is overlooked in favor of promising skill and the homeowner is often left with quite a mess. The best way to avoid this is to simply determine who will cause problems and who will not.

Shopping For a Custom Chandelier

A custom chandelier is something people who live on a budget would not dare dream of getting. Admittedly, the pricing can be somewhat expensive, but it depends on how thoroughly you shop around and what style you want it to be in.

A custom chandelier can be any size, small or large. It is usually fitted to the ambience or theme you want in the room it's going to be occupying. Most people think chandeliers are supposed to be gaudy, but this is simply not the case. Some of the most beautiful chandeliers are simply made. The point of a chandelier is not just to bring light to the room it's in, but to add a bit of personality to it as well.

Sometimes chandeliers are referred to as pendant lighting. This is because of the way that they hang from the ceiling, like a pendant. It usually hangs by a rope, chain, cord or a pole. It can be elegant or even delicate depending on exactly how it's hanging from the ceiling. Some chandeliers look like real pendants, and hang by singular cords with one light fixture attached to the end. Others have big globes housing the light bulbs, and still others copy the Oriental lantern look.

Most chandeliers are made of wrought iron, a heavy metal that is very easy to keep clean. The light fixtures are usually in the shape of glowing candles, and are meant to hold small light bulbs that resemble them. Sometimes they are decorated with hanging glass and beads made to look like crystals and pearls. The light reflecting off of them spreads throughout the room, giving it an almost romantic glow.

Of course, size is the most important factor to consider when choosing a chandelier. This is where a custom chandelier comes in handy. Perhaps you've found the design you want, but it's too big for the room you want it to be in. You can likely get it scaled down to size by a professional, who will come in, measure your room and its dimensions, and recommend their expert opinion on the matter.

Why Online Shopping is Faster, Cheaper and Better

Ever since the dot com boom, the internet has transformed the way we live. Offering information literally at your fingertips, online banking an option, and enabling stay-at-home moms to earn income via telecommuting, the internet has provided endless possibilities for its users. Amongst the internet advances is the ability to shop online. Quick, effortless and easy, online shopping has given brick-and-mortar locations a run for there money.

Instant Gratification

Since we're conditioned to want instant gratification in every aspect in our lives, we expect our purchases instantly, too. Instead of spending time traveling, looking for parking and finding the store you'd like to shop in before closing time, the internet is available at all times. You can shop at your convenience, any time, anywhere, no matter what.

Variety is the Spice of Life

Online shopping allows you to browse through endless possibilities, and even offers merchandise that's unavailable in stores. If you're searching for a niche product that may not be distributed locally, you're sure to find what you're looking for on the internet. What's even more useful is the ability to compare items, similar or not, online. You can search through multiple stores at the same time, comparing material quality, sizes and pricing simultaneously.

Moreover, the internet compiles results from thousands of resources, so you're guaranteed a larger selection that's more likely to have what you're looking for. Consider what you pay for a shirt found only at your local mall. By searching for the same or similar shirt online, you may be able to purchase the shirt directly from its manufacturer or from an outlet-type store. The in-stock online sellers often have additional sizes, so you never have to scramble to find the last item in your size.

A Hassle-Free Experience

Shopping via the internet eliminates the need to sift through a store's products with potential buys like pants, shirts, belts and shoes all slung over one arm. Online shopping also eliminates the catchy, yet irritating music, as well as the hundreds, if not thousands, of other like-minded individuals who seem to have decided to shop on the same day.

Customer Service, Guaranteed

Say 'goodbye' to the days when you stood in line waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more for a store clerk to finally check out your items. Online shopping transactions occur instantly-saving you time to get your other errands done! Additionally, unlike a store, online shopping has friendly customer service representatives available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you with locating, purchasing and shipping your merchandise.

Keeping Money in Your Pocket

Finding time to go shopping often requires cutting down in other areas of your life in order to get to the stores. And we all know that time equals money. With the rising costs of gas prices, it's a no-brainer why online shopping is better. Not only do you have to pay for your items, you also have to pay to get there, twice. Your orders are shipped directly to your home or place for business, saving you time and money, without requiring you to leave your home.

In addition to saving gas money, online shops often offer great deals on shipping fees. Signing up for memberships may include frequent emails with special discounts. Though store locations near your home are ideal for trying on clothing, many online stores offer free or discounted return shipping. In fact, some stores even supply the return packaging, such as Victoria's Secret and Zappos.com.

But perhaps the best perks of online shopping are the reduced prices. Why pay more from in-store locations when overstocked merchandise is available for less money? Search for reduced or discounted items. If you can not find what you're looking for, check out sites that offer auctions and free listings, such as eBay.com, Amazon.com, Craigslist.org, or even freecycle.com.

10 Steps How to Optimize Your Gardening Work

The gardening is one of the best hobbies that keep you near the nature. It allows you to see the beauty of the nature as well as to do healthy activities. However, if you feel too tired of the gardening work and you already do not enjoy it, maybe it's time to change something in it. Here are 10 simple steps that could help you to optimize your work in the garden:

1. Planning
If you are still in the beginning of your gardening hobby, it's a good idea to carefully plan it. You should consider the size of the garden with your free time.

2. Light Space
After determining the area for your garden, you should determine which are the light and the dark spaces in your garden. In this way you can choose plants and flowers that require less or more light spaces.

3. Mowing can be Reduced
If you do not like the moving, you can still be a gardener by reducing the lawn space. For example, you can add fruit trees and berry bushes.

4. Using of Shovel
Many people have only one shovel for their gardening work. However, using of two shovels could improve your work:

  • The lighter shovel with short handle is suitable for more precise tasks.
  • If you want a greater control for digging up tasks, you should use a heavier shovel with a longer handle.

5. Moving of Objects
There are many tasks which require to move something in your garden. If you find them to be hard or you want to protect your back, you can use a garden cart. You should carefully check out all of the cart's parameters before buying one. For example, if you look for a cart that will provide you an easy load and unload functionality, you should choose a garden cart with one or two wheels.

6. Mulch
Using of mulch in your garden could reduce needs for watering and weeding. In this way, you can improve the entire health of your garden as well.

7. Checking of Plants
You can prevent the problems of your plants in their early stages by regularly checking them if something unexpected happens.

8. Watering
You can improve the effect of the watering if you water your plants and flowers in the early morning. You should also try to water them deep.

9. Garden Tote
If you often lose your tools, you can use a garden tote that will help you to bring the smaller tools with you everywhere you go in your garden.

10. Rest
You should not forget to spend some time just for resting in your garden as well. In this way you'll be able to fully enjoy the beauty of the nature.