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Build a Shed in Less Than a Week

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Shed Plans and Tips For Building a Wooden 16x10 Gable Shed in Less Than a Week

Weekend warriors and home improvement pros alike love a good challenge. Whether it's a new garden in the backyard or the renovation of an old room in your home, there is something to be done every season of the year.

Many people want to get more storage space and utility out of their homes, and this makes home improvement projects that help add space and functionality some of the most popular. There are several different ways to pursue a more efficient home in this regard, but one of the easiest is the addition of a new shed.

Some may feel overwhelmed by the challenge of building a brand-new storage facility or shed from scratch, but it is much easier than you think. Rest assured, you can build a new shed in your spare time in less than a week.

Continue reading to find out how you can break ground and finish the job in under seven days.

Gather Your Inventory/Supplies List

The first thing you'll need to build a shed quickly is an understanding of which supplies are necessary. From lumber to screws and joists, a complete inventory list is absolutely essential.  Many people are opting to purchase complete shed plans to make this part of the job easier, such as a 16x20 gable storage shed plan from 3dshedplans.com.

We can’t stress enough the importance of a good set of plans. They will tell you everything that you need to know so that there are no surprises when you go to buy supplies or join the pieces of wood together. Without a good plan, building a shed is much more difficult, but with one, it is very easy for people of all skill levels.

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Once you have a complete list of supplies, you'll be able to quickly determine both the cost of the project and where you need to shop to get each item on the list. Ultimately, you'll want to make as few trips to the hardware store or home improvement centre as possible, so carefully review and double-check what you need before getting started. You’ve heard the old adage of “measure twice and cut once”. Think of this as “Check your list twice and shop once”.

Go to the Hardware Store

Once you're ready to head out shopping, be sure that you consider the policies and prices of each particular store. With a complete list of supplies on hand, you'll be able to easily get assistance from a store employee who can help procure all needed materials.

Another reason why it is so important to shop around is because of the lumber or wood that you'll need. Some major chains will cut your lumber down to size and provide you with all of the needed pieces if you already have measurements. This can save you hours of time on the project and will ensure that each piece is cut properly. Of course, you can also do all of the cutting yourself.  It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable with.

Prepare the Foundation

Ideally, any foundation or ground where the shed is to be built will have been levelled and prepared in advance. Because of probable inclement weather and other unseen challenges, you'll want to take care of this process in advance.

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This matters because of the installation of deck piers: Most sheds are built with these foundational supports secured in the ground with concrete. Since it can take some time for the concrete to cure, you don't want to waste multiple days waiting for this to happen once you're ready to build.

Build Segments Concurrently

The basic segments of a garden shed consist of:

  • Your foundation and floor made of pressure treated timber

  • Wall structures (again, use pressure treated lumber); you can also use wall studs, headers, plates, cripple studs and L joints to assemble the parts.

  • The roof (consists of trusses, plywood sheathing, roof felt and shingles)

One easy way to save time and ensure you can build any basic shed within a week is to focus on each element of the process at once.

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For example, the walls of your shed will require the same type of construction, materials and repetitive motions to construct. Rather than building one segment at a time and then subsequently installing each individually, focus on constructing all four walls back-to-back. Once completed, it'll be easier to raise each shed wall and install them quickly.

This ensures that you do not constantly get in and out of rhythm when it comes to building each portion of the shed, and will make the building process more efficient.

Ask for Help

For bigger shed projects, it may not be possible to construct an entire building in one week's time if you are only capable of working a few short hours per day. Instead of languishing on the project for weeks or months at a time by yourself, ask for a helping hand!

Whether you get help from family members or friends who may be willing to assist, it is not impossible to get your new shed built in just a few days. This can help shave many hours of time off of your project.

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There are many benefits to having a shed in the yard. You may be looking for a private work space or storage area, but either way, it doesn't have to cost a fortune or take forever to assemble a new shed in your back yard. By asking for help, building segments in an orderly fashion, planning your purchases carefully and being prepared when build time comes, you'll be able to wrap up most shed construction projects in a week or less.

The basic tools that you will need for this project are:

  • Safety Glasses

  • Tape Measure

  • Circular Saw

  • Speed Square

  • Hammer

  • 4' Level

  • A Few Sawhorses

  • Drill

  • 6' Ladder

  • Extension Ladder

  • Nail Punch

 

Pros and Cons to DIY Home Renovation

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Completing home renovations yourself can be backbreaking but rewarding work. Saving money is never a bad thing but there’s a time and place for frugality. Cutting corners on certain home repairs may be hazardous to one's health.

Knowing the difference between a money-saving opportunity and when splurging on professional resources is required is no easy feat. Read on to get a better idea of when saving or spending may be most prudent.

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Money Saver


PAINTING: A fresh coat of paint is hardly laborious, a quick and thrifty option. Breaking out the rollers and brushes can dramatically change a room. Interior painting — trim, walls, and doors — can transform a dull space into the dream room that you’ve always wished for. Additionally, painting is an activity that can involve the entire family. Enable everyone in your home to make decisions and allow them input in color selection. Painting is a low risk way to try out different personas for each room. Here you'll have the ability to experiment with different colors, shades and borders knowing it can easily be changed in the near future. Through the use of painters tape you can get more complicated and feature intricate designs, like a striped accent wall or other fun personal elements.

WINDOW TREATMENTS: Similar to painting, updating window treatments has the ability to frame a room in an entirely new light. Window treatments may not seem like the most exciting design element but there’s surprisingly many options to consider and play around with! Valances, drapes, and blinds are only the tip of the iceberg. While choosing something in line with current fads is not always wise, window treatments are a great way to be in the moment without committing to a long-term DIY project.

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Experiment with patterns and different fabrics to find something that fits in your space. Different window treatment lengths and textures can be used to adjust, or filter, the amount of light in a room. Allowing more light into a space can make the room appear larger than it truly is.

REFINISHING FURNITURE: Refinishing a piece of furniture can make something rather bland into a fresh and new statement piece. Taking garage sale finds and making them into a one of a kind piece of furniture is a great way to cut costs and hone your eye for design at the same time. Refinishing furniture is quite an umbrella term and can include staining/painting, reupholstering, adding new hardware or anything else you feel can elevate a piece that you’ve become bored with or is a “new to you” find.

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Splurge


ON INSPECTIONS: Splurging on inspections is very important. Unless you have proper training there’s no way to DIY test for some of the most common household toxins. Having your home tested for toxins before any major, or minor, home renovations is an important first step to safeguard the health of you and your family. Some of the most common household toxins to inspect for are asbestos, carbon monoxide, lead, and radon. All four toxins are invisible to the naked eye, meaning there is no way for the average person to easily identify if it’s an issue in their home. Both asbestos and lead were commonly used in older homes so before completing any renovations that involve deconstruction professionals should be sought if your home was built prior to 1980.

MAJOR DECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: Even after completing the necessary and recommended inspections there is always risk involved with major deconstruction or demolition. Contractors and construction crews should be hired if you want to dramatically change the layout of your home in order to eliminate risks related to; exposure to poor air quality, improperly removing necessary structural elements of the home (example: wall removal) or self-injury.

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Reasons for Splurging


HEALTH BENEFITS: The splurges may seem a bit costly, but investing in your home now can save you from unnecessary medical spending in the long run. For instance, asbestos abatement is pricey costing thousands of dollars but exposure to the toxin can result in mesothelioma cancer. Prognosis is poor for cancer and it can ultimately cost you your life. Lead, carbon monoxide, and radon also have negative health consequences that can lead to increased medical bills and poor quality of life.

TOXIN AWARENESS: Being aware of the potential toxin risk that may be hidden away if your home can help to cut costs effectively without compromising on your health. Find healthy and fun outlets for creativity that allow ownership of a space but don’t be stingy when it’s necessary to outsource the higher risk repairs.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26 - take this day as a reminder that every action has a consequence and empower yourself with the facts necessary to make DIY fun and harmless.

 

This article was shared by our friends at  Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, a group of professionals dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

 

5 Things To Know Before Replacing Your Doors And Windows

There are many reasons as to why you may be considering replacing the window and door systems of your home. It could be to improve insulation and lower energy bills. It could be to eliminate draughts and to help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It could be to improve the look of your home. Or it could be to replace existing worn, faulty or damaged fittings.



Whatever your reasons, there are five things you really need to know before you embark on this project if you want to avoid costly mistakes and regret down the line.

1.     Are replacements really the best option?


Replacing your doors and windows is one of the more costly renovation projects you can undertake, so before you commit, you need to be certain that it is truly necessary.

Consider whether replacing hardware elements or individual panes may be more cost-effective, even if they need replacing in large numbers. Some older homes have incredible windows that are well worth restoring rather than replacing, too. If you’re looking to slash energy bills, consider alternative ways such as insulating attics and basements.


2.     Are you able to maintain or improve your home’s beauty?


Doors and windows are a hugely important architectural feature of your home and they play a huge part in its curb appeal. If you are considering replacing your doors and windows for whatever reason, will your proposed replacement maintain or improve the look of your home?

If you replace your doors and windows with a less attractive replacement, the whole look of your home will definitely be affected. This can decrease its value and would certainly put off potential buyers. Replacing your doors and windows with a superior, better looking product can, in turn, increase your home’s value.

3.     Know whether you need new construction windows…


There are two types of replacement window: new construction and retro-fit. And you need to be sure of the one you need as this decision will seriously affect the work required and the cost. New construction window replacement involves removing the entire trim around the window, taking it right back and replacing the whole unit, before reinstalling the trim and sealing the gaps.

This option is essential if the area around the window is rotted out, but regardless of whether this applies, it has the advantages that your new windows can be identically sized to the previous, and that any draughty gaps are taken care of.


4.     … or whether you need retro-fit windows.


For retro-fit windows, the perimeter frame of the old windows is not removed and a new window is fitted inside the old casing. The main advantage of this installation method is the significant difference in cost, but a minor disadvantage is that the new window will need to be fractionally smaller than the old (although this is often not particularly noticeable).

5.     Know which material your current windows are made from.


This final detail makes a significant difference if you are installing retro-fit windows. Replacements for metal windows come with a flange that conceals your existing frame, whereas replacements for wooden windows are specially designed to cope with the slope of the wooden sill. This sill can be wrapped in aluminum, although the most aesthetically pleasing option is often to paint the sill.

AUTHOR BIO

Carmen Vellila is an experienced Brand Manager currently overseeing the strategic development of multiple brands as part of the Epwin Group. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM), specialising in Corporate Communication and Digital Marketing.

She works with directors and managers at companies across Europe, utilising her ability to speak four languages, and works extensively with professionals across a range of industries to drive and deliver leading-edge strategies.

5 Must-Have Power Tools for Your DIY Project

Do-It-Yourself projects are quite prominent in the recent times due to its efficiency and convenience when it comes to costs. While DIYs are meant to be convenient, many people find DIYs challenging and stressful due to distinct factors. One of which is the materials and tools to be used in such projects.



Beginners (especially) thought they would need to complete all tools just to finish one project. It’s only natural to think of it that way. However, little did everyone knows that there are power tools that will suffice to finish almost all DIY projects. Hence the name, must-haves.



Now, these are the 5 must-have power tools for every DIY project you plan to execute:

1. Power drill


A power drill is one of the most time efficient and most frequently used tools found in almost every workshop today. It serves many purposes such as drilling holes in wood, drywall, masonry, and other materials. Also, it used in different projects due to its efficiency not only in boring holes but also in attaching materials together. Other uses and purposes of a power drill can be achieved by fitting it into different tool attachments.

As for the type of power drill, many people are debating over cordless and corded power drills. Users have different notions about this, but the most agreeable of all is that cordless power drills are convenient since they are portable. However, it costs much more than a corded power drill.

2. Scroll saw


A scroll saw is often used by woodworkers and carpenters as this is a great tool to cut intricate joints and curves. In addition, according to one prominent scroll saw comparison page, it is said that the scroll saw is comparatively safe as the blades are too small that cannot result in an injury.

Usually, scroll saws are used out of creativity and relatively a small amount of space to work. The task can be done completely in a short period of time with accurate results. This is why many fans of DIY projects and woodworkers are very much into using scroll saws.

3. Miter saw


Any DIY project enthusiast will find it very convenient to use a miter saw. This must-have tool can accurately and instantly cut pieces of any material. This is one reason why it is believed to be a “hack” of many carpenters today. The pieces of materials being subjected to this tool appear to be as if they went through processes inside a cutting factory.

Hence, if you are working many wood projects in your DIY plans, a miter saw is a must-have power tool for you!

4. Routers


For beginners, it is always advised and recommended for you to own a router. The main application is intended for working with wood, especially in carpentry and cabinetry. It is important to know that routers are not only meant for cutting edge but also they are used to cut flawless dados.

Alongside these, routers are useful in creating perfect patterns as these tools can be used to shape and decorate wood. It is only fitting for you to own one since most DIY projects aim to bring out creativity and personalization in each project. An everyday good quality router will help you do it.

5. Paint Sprayer


If you are new in the world of DIY, it always has something to do with painting and repainting subjects and pieces. This is why a paint sprayer is a must-have power tool for you. Every finished project or subject ends usually with painting and decoration. Hence, a good paint sprayer in your toolbox will help you do the final task efficiently. You can look at the top picks out right now here: https://paintsprayermag.com/best-automotive-paint-guns to get an idea of which one is right for your needs. You should also try to read reviews and comparison pages to help you determine the most suitable tool for you.

The number of power tools for DIY projects today are quite hard to count. However, it is essential for you to know, especially if you are a beginner, that you only need certain power tools that serve many purposes and can fill the tasks of other tools.

How to Replace Basin Taps in the Bathroom in Five Easy Steps

Fresh bathroom fixtures can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you just want an upgrade of your basin taps or it definitely needs a replacement, we have outlined how to replace basin taps in the bathroom.



Usually, bathroom basins have an installation manual included in its package that you can refer to. But in this handy step-by-step guide, we show you how to quickly change an old basin tap to a new one, in five easy steps.

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1. Turn Your Water OFF


First, you have to make sure that your water supply for both cold and hot taps from the mains supply is turned off. Then, make sure app your taps in the house (both hot and cold) are left open to drain any excess water.

Clear out everything you can from under the sink, including any shelves. This will give you more room to work and use your tools more easily. Once ready, add a bucket or tray below the tap to catch any drips.

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2. Remove Your Old Tap


Get under the basin - you can spread an old towel across the floor or the bottom of your under-sink cabinet to catch any spills. Start unscrewing the nut that locks your basin to the old tap. If your existing tap was fitted using compression fittings, you might need two adjustable wrenches to undo the nuts. Once you have removed this, your old tap can now be pulled out.

 

3. Install Your New Tap


Connect the threaded post to your tap, then feed into the basin hole, so your tap sits on top of your basin, with the thread poking out below. Again, there may be a washer included or needed to make sure the tap sits snugly. Screw the nut tightly onto the threaded post, your tap is now gripped onto your basin.

 

Top tip from DIY.com


Balancing water pressure


The water supply should have a reasonably balanced pressure from a common source (e.g. hot and cold supplies both from the same storage or both from a supply pipe). Where the fitting is supplied from unbalanced supplies (e.g. hot and cold supplies from separate sources) Water Regulations or Byelaws in your area may require an ‘approved’ non-return valve or single check valve to be fitted to both the hot and the cold pipes that are connected to the mixer tap.


Where this is the case, simply fit the valves below the flexible tap connectors with the arrow on the valve pointing upwards. Once fitted, this will ensure that cold water is not pushed back through the hot water pipe when both taps are on, stopping the hot water temperature from cooling too quickly.


Once your tap is gripped onto your basin, the hot and cold pipes should feed directly from your wall to your new pipes. Don't forget to check everything to make sure there are no leaky or loose connections.

 

4. Connect Your Plumbing


Screw the flexible connectors into your tap. After that, connect them to the copper domestic pipes, with a compression fitting in between (this will keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated and safe).

 

5. Switch Your Water Supply Back On


Now you can turn the water supply on from the mains. If your new tap is set to ‘closed’ when the air rushes through, it could potentially damage the tap. We recommend all taps be set to ‘open’ for a little while after turning the water supply on. Remember the other taps in your house may still be open, so remember to switch them off once water comes through again.

 

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You did it! You have placed your newest bathroom fixture!

DIY smart outdoor solutions - 5 top tips!

When it comes to creating a perfect home, most people focus on getting the interiors just right while unfortunately neglecting whatever outside space they may have at their disposal. Which is a shame, since even the smallest gardens can immeasurable improve quality of life if put to use in a smart and efficient manner. With that in mind, here are five relatively accessible DIY solutions that you can implement to boost your outdoor space today:


1. The perfect patio


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By installing a patio in your yard, you'll be able to enjoy everything from sunlit breakfasts, to cozy evenings in the company of the great outdoors. Patios are generally paved with concrete or stone slabs, and require a decent amount of space in order to not feel cramped. If your yard fits the criteria, feel free to place some flowerpots, lighting and other decorative elements nearby for added atmosphere.

 

2. Storage made easy


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If you've already got a garage, there are a number of creative ways to organise its storage capabilities, including custom made cabinets and tool tower racks. If not, consider purchasing a steel storage shed that is tough and durable enough to satisfy your needs.

 

3. Building your own backyard pond


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Having a garden in your backyard can bring you closer to nature, but no garden setting is truly complete without some kind of watering system in place. In most cases, your best option is to dig a small pond that you can then decorate with rocks and flowers. Undertaking this kind of project isn't always easy, but it can be immensely rewarding and requires little maintenance once things are set in motion.

 

4. Shelter from the storm


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If you enjoy spending time outdoors, weather shouldn't be a prohibiting factor. To that end, by simply placing four poles and draping a drop-cloth above them you can easily form a makeshift canopy, This will protect you and your guests from the elements. Installation is simple and straightforward, and the whole project costs significantly less than a custom shade or umbrella. Just make sure you invest in a drop0cloth made out of water-resistant material and some quality bamboo poles to keep it in the air.

 

5. Chasing the bugs away


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Everyone knows that bugs can be a real nuisance, especially in the summertime - when the weather is accommodating to all sorts of critters. Luckily, there are certain measures you can take to keep your yard from being overrun with insects, including making your own citronella candles or transforming your wine bottle into a mosquito-repelling tiki torch.

 

These simple DIY projects can whip your backyard into shape in no time!

Why are my LED lights flickering?

LED lights and their transformers are sensitive to a number of electrical and environmental factors. This article can assist you determine what might be causing your LED lights to flicker.

LED light flickering?


If you are experiencing strobing or flickering it is typically one of three things:



  1. Incompatible dimmer on the circuit

  2. Electrical interference

  3. Environmental problems (e.g. dampness or very high heat)




Incompatible dimmer

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In almost all domestic cases flickering is caused by an incompatible dimmer.  Most LED lights work best with an LED dimmer and some will not perform properly with leading edge, trailing edge or universal dimmers.  Whilst dimmer manufacturers will tell you their dimmers are likely to be compatible with LED lighting, if they are not specifically for LED lighting they can cause a number of performance issues from a reduced dimming range, to flickering and failure.  In my experience, the older the dimmer the more likely there is to be issues.  Essentially an LED dimmer is made to recognise and work with the very small loads of LED lighting - even if there is only 1 light on the circuit.   A regular dimmer often cannot recognise the small load unless there are a number of LED lights on the circuit.  This can cause reduced dimming ranges or flickering at upper or lower end of the dimming range.



Electrical interference

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This is a more difficult problem to identify.  LED light drivers are sensitive to power quality.  Any interference in the power (such as harmonics) can cause performance problems like flickering and can lead to light failure.  As the instructions highlight the light cannot be installed with other electrical devices on the circuit (like exhaust fans), nor can you mix different types of lights as  this is likely to cause performance issues.

To address this issue ensure the light circuit includes no other devices and all lights are the same and check the quality of your power source.



Environmental issues

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Dampness, heat and/or lack of airflow will cause issues with LED transformers and/or lights.  Ensure that the environment for these lights meets the requirements for installation in the instructions.  The lights typically cannot be covered by insulation or this will reduce their lifetime as the heatsink will be unable to dissipate heat.

Outdoor fire pit design ideas

Nobody can resist to sit by the fire pit in the evening, sharing a good story or roasting some marshmallows, especially when the evening is pleasant and you have friends over. When building a fire pit there are many precautions to consider so you do not cause damage to your property, or set something on fire accidentally. Also keep in mind that maintaining a fire pit is sometimes a messy job, and if you are going to use other fuel than wood, it will be very important to keep it in good shape.



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Decide on where you are going to put it


Building a fire pit should not be hard, but you have to take a few precautionary measures in order to make sure that the fire cannot hurt anyone and that you cannot set something ablaze. Keep in mind that if you have pets, or small children, you will need to keep them at a safe distance or even surround the pit with a safety fence. Make sure you find the right location in your backyard with a great view to complement it.

Choose a design you would like to have


image 3Just like choosing anything for your home, you need to make sure that your new fire pit will go well together with the overall design of your garden and house. It is a good idea to do some research online for creative ideas that you like, and then hopefully you can adopt one of these and incorporate into your home’s design.

Having the right material is important


When building a fire pit, it is very important that you choose the right material, because you will need to contain the fire. If you are considering building a gas pit, it will be a bit different as you will have to be careful where you put the gas pipe so that it is not close to anything that might damage it and cause a leak.

Going modern with your fire pit


The good thing about gas fire pits is that you can install modern burner pits, which will be easier to maintain and are safer as you will not have to worry about putting the fire out. Though, you still need to make sure that the fire is not close to anything flammable. Moreover, you will need to have regular inspections to make sure that there are no leaks.

Adding the finishing touches


Once you are happy with your choices, and if you want to make your fire pit seem nicer and more appealing, think about adding a few finishing touches which could brighten up your backyard. Consider installing fixed bench seats around the pit or some outdoor feature LED spot lights to highlight the fire pit.  Adding lava rocks as a design feature that will not only cover the burner, but will look extremely nice once you have your fire going. Moreover, think about adding flame-retardant materials so that nobody can get hurt, and that the fire can be contained without having to resort to any drastic measures.

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Make sure you install everything


Having a fire pit is a responsibility, and keep in mind that with a gas burner you will have to have a supply of gas and maintain the pipeline. Moreover, you will have to have a design that is economical and easy to maintain, and most importantly a structure to contain the fire in, because a wildfire can be dangerous to everyone and everything. Before you start a fire though, brush up on your campfire etiquette so that you know exactly what to do, and that you can enjoy yourself with your friends when the party gets going.

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Be safe


Remember the coals or ashes in a fire pit stay warm for days after the fire has been extinguished. To be safe, allow ashes and coals to cool in the pit for several days. When it is time to dispose of the ashes, transfer them to a metal container and wet them down. Keep the metal container outside your home and away from any combustibles until the refuse is hauled away. DO NOT place any other combustibles in the metal container.

 

 

Man Caves are a Must

Did you know that when a couple is looking to buy a home - the man is searching for that basement or garage for his Man Cave.  Here are some tips to complete your man cave.

If a man’s home is his castle, shouldn’t there be one room in it where he can "hold court" with his noble peers and watch the game? Or where he can retire for solitude to take care of some paperwork or indulge in some woodworking?



man cave 3Welcome to the concept of the "man cave". You can create the sanctuary of your dreams and enhance your home value at the same time by renovating your basement into the ultimate guy retreat.  Anecdotal evidence from real estate agents in Melbourne is that more and more men are putting the 'man cave' firmly on the criteria for a home purchase.  But it doesn't need to be a plush room - quite the opposite.  Unrenovated windowless basements, backyard sheds, attics, and cold back rooms are perfect.  The man is looking for a blank canvas to furnish with his dream private space.  As long as its got power, and is reasonably water-tight it will be a massive guy-magnet.

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Here are the top 10 things you’ll need to turn your blank canvas into the ultimate "man cave":

1. Finish it. – First, put a finish on the walls and floor - some cheap timber cladding and some concrete paint can do the trick.  Consider sound proofing with extra insulation so you can turn up the music.

2. Get wired. – You have to have a TV – high def big screen preferred. And tunes, man, surround sound preferred. Getting wired can be as easy as connecting cable to your portable TV and strategically placing a boom box, or as grand as a wall-mounted, high-def, flat screen TV with surround sound.

3. Go wireless. – A laptop or desktop is a man-cave must for work and play. But you don’t want wires cluttering up your kingdom. If you haven’t already done so, install wireless connectivity on the primary computer in the house.

4. Get "guy" with the décor. – Nothing says "This space belongs to a guy" like sports décor. Frame and hang your old high school or university jersey.  Mount that signed cricket bat, 1990 Collingwood jumper, and autographed motorsport poster.  Put up a wallpaper mural of your favorite sport.  It is important to make the space completely unappealing to the opposite sex.

5. Drink up. – Watching the game? You’re going to need liquid refreshment. A wet bar is every guy’s dream, but you can also cool off effectively and economically with a small refrigerator or even a portable wine keeper.

6. Snack attack. – The guys are going to work up appetites playing poker and it could get ugly if you don’t have any snacks on hand. Be sure to include space for snack storage in your design, whether it’s a pantry or some cabinets.

7. Sit on it. – You’ll need the armchair of your dreams in order to be an armchair warrior. Make sure there's some comfy – and durable – seating for your buddies too.

8. Work it out. – Sometimes a guy just wants to work up a sweat. Portable treadmills and exercise bikes are better than ever and easy to store. Set aside a corner of your man room for the manliest activity of all – exercise.

9. Or work on it. – If you’re a doer rather than an observer, you’ll want a well-equipped workbench.

10. Sit on it, part II. – It wasn’t just Al Bundy’s dream. It’s the ultimate man room upgrade – your own private bath.

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How to Turn Your Garage into Mini Gym

Those who love exercises will admit that it is one of the most enjoyable activities to do, especially in one's free time. Time is also scarce and finding going to a gym which is not within your reach can be cumbersome sometimes. This is one of the reasons why you need to turn your garage into a mini gym.

You get to focus not only your body but your mind too, and if you go all the way your spirit too. Unfortunately, it is also one of the daily activities that face most obstacles. Well, there is the gym fee for starters, the commute to and from the gym and the congestion which is the origin of other discomforts like noise and sweat stench. Nevertheless, one has to work out for a stronger, fitter, and healthier body, not forgetting keeping the wrinkles at bay. Well, there is a way you can kill both birds with one stone, making your very own mini gym behind your garage doors in Melbourne
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Getting your garage ready


Have you ever wondered how many things in your garage are really important? Chances are there are only two important things, the car, and toolbox. It may be time to get rid of the useless staff to make room for your working out equipment. You will be surprised by the amount of space you will have freed. If you garage is big enough, depending on the number and size of equipment you wish to bring in, you can still have room for the car, otherwise, there is street parking. Next step is digging in to your pocket and making one very good investment, buying the equipment.

Necessary equipment


The equipment you will buy will largely depend on the parts of your body you focus your exercises to. However, there are several equipments that every gym should have. As such, you should include the following in your shopping list.

Weight plates - the weight will depend on your lifting capacity, but a little heavier is a wise idea. A bench goes without saying.

Fast lifts – most people do not know it but the shoes you wear may affect your gym session, and were to wear comfortable fast lifts, you would not want to walk in to a gym without them ever again.

A dead ball – the good thing about this ball is that it will not bounce around owing to its weight. Furthermore, it is not only a weight that you can use for lifting; it can support other exercises like lunges and squats among others.

You will also probably want to get comfortable earphones if you like some music while working out so as not to disturb the rest of the occupants.

With time and depending on your preferences, you may add some more equipment, maybe put in some mirrors, lights and timber floor. In the meanwhile, these should do just fine. The equipment will cost you some money, but consider how much you pay and how long it will last. Besides, no more limitations, it is your gym now. Think about it, you get home, run some errands, go to your mini gym, and work out for as long as you wish, take a shower, and do whatever you want after, all in one place. Quite smooth, isn’t it?
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