A Do It Yourself Space Saving Solution

download (10)Closets can come in various sizes, but what they all have in common is that they’re never quite big enough. We always seem to fill them to the brim; move into a large new home, and in a few years you are at capacity in regards to space. In such cases a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) space saving solution is ideal.

When rearranging the existing items on your shelf is not enough, it may be time to build a new space saving solution. As with most DIY projects, materials should be low cost, easy to install, and effective in their end-purpose. Wire shelving is a great DIY space saving solution, ideal for compact areas. The material is popular because of its price point and multifunctionality.

No matter your shelving project scope and size, wire shelving can help you get it done. Extensive projects like 3-walled walk-in-closets to in home garage storage can easily be set up using this material. Smaller projects like petite pantries or wire racks for your kitchen items can be done in half the time.

No Tools Required

No tools are required when you set up wire shelving. What distinguished this DIY project from others on the market is the fact that no tools are required for assembly. Everything you need comes in the box. Setup is simple as the poles screw together, the levelers or casters screw in, and the shelves are held by tapered locks. You’d be hard-pressed to find an easier storage solution!

Benefits of Wire Shelving

Sturdy design lets you load up your storage space with items. The sparsity of the grooves provide easy item access, good ventilation, and quick reach to your favorite products. Even when the shelving unit is loaded to capacity, the wire shelving lets in a lot of light. This is ideal for tight areas and workspaces like kitchens in restaurants.

You can always customize your wire shelving unit with wire shelf liners, which are placed on the bottom of wire shelving racks, allowing items to not fall through. Dividers let you organize your items with greater segmentation and finer levels of detail.

It feels good to maximize your space and know your items are placed in an organized fashion. Wire shelving units are a cost-effective and easy to install DIY solution. These products help you create a more efficient and stress-free home, saving you from having to hunt through your stuff for your favorite things.



Set Out Building Work Accurately With a Rotary Laser Level

images (56)Rotary laser levels are professional equipment used for different purposes in building. Make sure you choose a reliable brand that sells quality equipment, and remember that although this instrument might be pricy but will turn out very useful for any construction work you are doing. The laser emits a laser beam that covers a round circumference that can be used as a reference for even surfaces or perpendicular angles.

If you wish to install a ceiling, a rail, or any other kind of indoor work, you will need an indoor laser level. Place the laser level on an even surface, turn it on and use the laser beam as a reference. If you are doing outdoor work, you will need a laser level made for outdoor use. The human eye cannot see a laser beam in broad day light, which is why these levels come with a beam detector that indicates where the beam is.

If your laser level does not come with a detector, you can purchase one. Make sure you choose a detector that fits the color of the beam of your level. If you need to work with an inclined surface, you need to get laser levels with grade match or grade entry. A level with grade match allows you to outline only certain inclinations, while a level with grade entry allows you to program the inclination that you need.

You can also choose between an automatic level and a manual one. An automatic level is easy to use: all you have to do is place it on an even surface and turn it on. A manual level requires you to adjust it so it provides a straight beam. Manual levels are more accurate if you need to work at a smaller scale.

Before using your laser level, you should make sure it is placed on an even surface. You can use an old-fashioned level to make sure the ground is even before you install your laser level. Once your level is turned on, a 360 colourful beam will fall on everything around your level.

Because it is just a beam, this level allows you to have a clear idea of what is straight and what is not in a simple glance without requiring you to take measurement of everything or to install equipment that takes a lot of room. You can trace the outline of the beam with a pencil to keep track of an even level on a beam or on stair steps for instance.

There is no limit to what you can do with a rotary laser level: these levels can be used to lay out foundations for a house as they provide a constant and reliable indication of an even surface. Building straight walls is also possible if you trace a perpendicular angle from the laser beam or install your level so the beam goes up. For indoor use, rotary laser levels can be used to install straight plumbing pipes or wires, or for simple decoration use to make sure nothing is askew.


Tips for Collecting and Transporting Scrap Metal

images (54)People collect scrap metal for many good reasons. Not only is it fun and exciting, it is highly profitable! But in order to get the most from your scrap metal experience, you must learn how to be both efficient and effective at the same time. This is because scrap metal can be dangerous to handle, and even more hazardous to transport. And aside from safety, it can be quite frustrating figuring out how to get your findings where you need them to go, quickly and conveniently. So if this pastime interests you, continue reading to learn some important tips for collecting and transporting scrap metal.

Avoid Injuries and Accidents

Although there is a long list of advantages to scrap metal collecting, there are several possible injuries and accidents that can occur if necessary precautions aren’t taken. Not only can improperly secured cargo cause a wide range of traffic accidents and property damage, incorrect handling of junk metal can cause injuries to the epidermis, back, neck, spine, and more. In fact, back pain is among the most common long-term injuries among adult men and women in the workforce. This is a possible result of genetics, improper lifting, repetitive motions, and more.

Tips for Lifting Heavy Scrap Metal

Always lift and bend with your knees to take strain off of your back muscles. This will reduce the likelihood of orthopedic injuries and pain.

Share the load with another person so that you are only lifting half the weight of the object. If you don’t have another person around, use a dolly to help lift and transport heavy objects.

Do not attempt to lift anything that is more than half your weight without another friend to help or a dolly. This is a sure-way to get injured or just plain stuck.

Don’t go alone. If you find yourself somewhere a bit rural, you want someone else around in case you get hurt or lost. Metal can be sharp, heavy, and you never know where you have to go to find the good stuff.

Tips for Transporting Scrap Metal

Always have oversized loads clearly marked with a red flag or bandana. This will alert other drivers to steer clear. It is wise to have another friend follow directly behind you in their car.

Be sure oversized loads are properly secured and tied down. Always double and triple check a cargo load before hitting the road. You don’t want anything falling off and causing a traffic accident. And in a much less serious scenario, you don’t want to lose any of your inventory.

Use high-quality cargo nets, tarps, and ratchet straps for effective tie downs and transportation. Go to your local automotive store for these products.


Tips for DIY Carpet Installation

images (53)Before you decide whether to install the carpet yourself or hire a professional to do it, you should know that it can be a labor-intensive and time-consuming project. Make sure that you do your research on all the different steps that are involved in carpet installation when doing it yourself. The first thing that you will need to do is remove the old carpet and padding beneath it. Sometimes you can reuse the older padding but it is advisable to install new padding when you get new carpet. Before you rip up the old carpet make sure that you vacuum the carpet to help prevent excess dirt and dust from entering the air. You should make sure that you have all the necessary tools needed for carpet installation before you start.

Once you have the old carpet and padding underneath you need to vacuum the floor that was underneath. You will also have to remove all of the old tackless strips and then replace them with new ones. These are what help to hold the new carpet in place. If the strips are in reasonably good condition you can also reuse these. The first thing that you need to is put down the tackless strips and then your carpet padding. The carpet padding should overlap your tackless strips. You should use duct tape to seal the seams of the pads. It is important that you make sure that the seams do not overlap because this can lead to having lumps in your new carpet installation and can be a tripping hazard. Using a stapling gun staple the padding in place to make sure that it does not shift during the carpet installation process.

When doing DIY carpet installation it is very important that you make sure that the carpet is pulled tight against each wall before you secure it against the tackless strips. One tool that you will have to rent is called a knee kicker. This tool is used to force the carpet toward each wall. One end of the tool is padded so the one installing the carpet will kick, or hit, the padded end with their knee. It can be a very tiring job but is one that has to be done to make sure that the carpet installation looks like a professional has done it. You can also use a carpet stretcher, which is a simple hand tool that makes sure that the carpet is tight and flat against the surface of the floor. This tool is often used with other carpet tools like with the knee kicker.


How to Build Your Own Shed or Home Project

images (52)You’ll never need to worry about cutting the wrong size, trying to figure out what goes where. If you’re going to invest your hard earn time, money and energy in building a shed yourself. Then make sure the plan you’re using has everything you need to get it done in:

The easiest…
Most inexpensive, and…
The fastest way possible.

To create the kind of shed, your neighbors and other woodworkers will secretly envy.

The Perfect Shed Plan Needs to Include:

Views Of All Angles & Details

See exactly how everything should look before you build them. You start building a part of your shed that looks like the drawing, but it isn’t. But you missed it because the plan didn’t show you each angle and sides. And the only way you find out, is at the end when you’ve wasted all that time, money and sweat and nothing fits together.

Step By Step “LEGO” Instructions

Detailed instructions should be so simple that a kid could do it. Just like LEGO instructions. So detailed that you know exactly what you’re doing every step of the way. No complicated instructions that will have you in the middle of your project scratching your head or confusing technical jargon. Many other plans assume you’re experienced enough to tell what to do before the next step is. When instructions are this clear, your shed almost builds itself. All the pieces just “Click” into place. When the steps are “LEGO clear”, building the perfect shed is more enjoyable ans like putting a bunch of “LEGO” blocks together.

Complete and Precise Materials

Complete “materials and cutting lists” that actually makes sense! When I say complete, I mean complete. Your shed is only as good as the materials you purchase to build them. It allows you to purchase exact amounts. And also what you don’t need to purchase right now. It saves time and cuts down waste. It saves money. Because you only purchase exactly what you need… and when you need it.

Most shed plans:

Don’t tell you everything you need.

Don’t tell you what a piece of material is going to be used for. (You end up with wood scattered all over your work space.

Don’t give you exact measurements to cut your lumber.

A perfect shed plan will never leave you guessing or scratching your head.

3 Dimensional Drawings

Other plans show you only 1-sided views. That is not enough. You’ll still be wondering if you put a “joint” or a “frame” together the right way because you didn’t view it in 3D.

CAD Designed Drawings

CAD designed drawings show you exact proportions. It’s unbelievable, but so many plans show completely wrong dimensions. Or even hand-drawn plans that are a joke.

“Used For” Labels

Your materials list should show what each item is used for. Just because a pile of 2 x 4’s are scattered across your backyard, doesn’t mean you’re going to use all of them right way. Some will sit around, occupying valuable space, all the way until the last step. And you say to yourself, “Man! I could have bought that separately, and had more work space this whole time. Why didn’t the plan say so!”