Hardware Tools and Supplies For Home

Tools For Your Home

Hardware tools are those tools that are very necessary to improve and maintain our house. Hardware tools include plumbing supplies, power tools, hand tools etc. In this article, I’ll explain that what the most important tools that every house owner must have that helps to maintain daily home tasks, and why these are necessary.

Following are the basic and necessary hardware tools and supplies,

Plumbing supplies:

Plumbing supplies (fixture) is an exchangeable machine which helps you to drain water and also connected to a plumbing system. The most frequent and important plumbing fixtures are bathtubs, drains, kitchen sinks, and strainers. Draining is not considered as the most attractive part of a house, because it is critical. The process of the drain-waste system is to carry waste water and dirt from sinks, bathtubs, shower, toilets and all water related appliances that mostly include dishwashers and washing machines. It is hard to get done this job, but you can do it when you have a collection of good plumbing supplies and a little know-how about the process.

Power tools:

A power tool is a tool that starts by an extra power source and machinery. Without power tool, you cannot do your electric work with the help of hand tool or manual labor. Most common type of power tool includes electric motors, miter saw, battery power drill, circular saw, and jigsaw. Power tools can be classified as portable (handy) or stationery power tools. The main advantage of using portable power tools is you can do the task by moving machine freely and effortlessly. Whereas stationary power tools give benefit in speed and accuracy, metal work can be done by stationary power (machine) tools. Power tools are also used in industries, in production, in a garden, and at home as well.

Hand tools:

With the help of hand tool work can be done manually. It includes the wide range of wrench and axes. It is a set of traditional gadget that contains crescent wrench, hammers, pliers, saws, tape measures, utility knives, flashlight, and screwdrivers. Hand tools are less risky than power tools and also easy to use, with the help of these hand tools you can do the minor and major task by self. Let’s take an example of the hacksaw, you can cut through metal pipe, screw, nuts, and bolts with hacksaw easily and it can’t be done with any other tool. Same with the pipe wrench, it used to stiff and slacken threaded pipes, fixtures, and nuts.

Tools and supplies are the most important and necessary thing that every household should have as well as should have an adequate knowledge that how to use hardware tools and supplies in an effective and efficient way. Hardware tools help you to manage minor as well as major daily tasks without any trouble. For this you must have a quality toolkit that lasts longer, it is obvious to buy expensive tools all in once but, you can buy some basic tools that are needed the most.

Author Bio:

Shawn Michaels is an engineer and a documentary maker who likes to review mechanical tools. He loves to explore new places full of natural beauty and enjoys tool shopping! He writes regularly for www.BestAdjustableWrench.com

Simple Way To Revamp A Bathroom

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If your bathroom is looking a little tired, it may not take a complete renovation to bring it back to life.  Some planning and a few simple alterations can go a long way and make your bathroom feel like a brand new space that will wow your visiting friends and family.  We all know that bathrooms serve a pretty important function in our homes; they’re one of a few rooms that the whole family will use daily, and it might be the only room that guests use as well.  It’s one of the rooms that’s most important for potential buyers to like (the bathroom, along with the kitchen, can often be the make it or break it for a sale).  Your bathroom should be functional, but it also can be a place where you can kick your shoes off and relax at the end of a busy week.

The first thing that you should look at when it comes to bathroom revamping is the walls.  Is that paint colour giving your bathroom a case of the blahs?  Maybe it was chosen by the previous owner or tenant, or maybe you painted on a whim and have realized that your paint colour just isn’t working anymore.  Whatever the case may be, painting your bathroom can be the single biggest change you can make in the feel of the room.   Before you grab another can of colour, check out your wall condition.  It doesn’t take a whole lot of elbow grease to fill in small holes and sand them down.  Use a spackle that turns pink to white (wet to dry) so you know when to grab that sandpaper and get to work.  Spend your time getting the wall nice and smooth and then figure out what colour is going to work best.  Even if you’re a person who loves colour, a pale neutral on the walls can actually breathe a lot of life into a space.  Save the punches of colour for your accessories.  Giving your trim and baseboards a fresh coat of white can make a bigger impact that you probably imagine as well.  The key to a good paint job is to take your time and don’t opt for the cheapest paint out there; a good quality paint may actually save you money in the long run as the coverage will be far better than with a cheap, thin paint.

So your walls look a lot better, what now?  Take a look at the vanity mirror.  Often even in brand new houses, the mirror is a large pane of glass with no trim.  If that’s the case and you’re short on budget, use a nice baseboard cut to size to create a frame for your mirror.  Give it a fresh coat of paint in the same colour as your trim and baseboards.  If your mirror is smaller and you’re able to remove it, either update the one you have with paint or search the stores for a mirror that better fits your taste.  The mirror and vanity are often focal points and a great choice can update your entire room.

If your towels, hand towels and facecloths are visible (if they’re on an open shelf or rolled in a basket, for example), you’ll be surprised at how much nicer a matching set in a beautiful, complementary colour can look.  Towels are primarily functional, of course, but they can most definitely serve double duty as decor as well.  Here’s where you can add those punches of colour I mentioned earlier.  If you love red, go for shades of cherry or wine in your bathroom linens.  Teal remains the colour of choice this year and towels come in some gorgeous varieties.  Whatever your choice, always keep them rolled or folded neatly.   Check out matching bathmats in luxurious pile to give your bathroom a boost.

Look up!  Your light fixture might be keeping your bathroom looking dull and it’s not hard to shed more light on the situation.  If you love the fixture, make sure to clean it so it’s free from dust and debris, and check your bulbs.  There are a number of different shades and functions in light bulbs and you’ll want to ensure that yours is doing the job it’s supposed to.  Go for bright white especially in bathrooms that don’t have the benefit of natural light through a window.  Your lighting should make your bathroom feel welcoming and certain lights can make it appear dingy.

Your decor should also complement your bathroom colours and style, so ensure that it’s doing the job you want it to.  Craft projects can be fun and look store bought, so if you have the knack, get to work putting a few things together for a room you’ll love!

Thank you to Nina Wells who wrote this article. Nina is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under her belt.

DIY THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS

Thanksgiving is crammed between Halloween and Christmas and hardly gets the attention it deserves. Décor often switches from cobwebs and pumpkins to garlands and Christmas trees, giving no thought to the holiday that lies in between. In reality, it’s impractical to spend lots of money on decorations that can only be used for a few weeks out of the year. Luckily there are a variety of things that can be done to reuse some of the decorations you already have (even ones you might not be aware of). There’s an abundance of unique, creative ideas floating around cyberspace, but we’ve saved you the hassle of searching by compiling this list of our top seven.

1.    Festive Candle Holders
Hollow out the center of your small pumpkins or apples (it’s done easiest with a drill). Use them to make candle holders, and embellish the base of the candle with leaves, berries, mini pine cones or whatever else you find lying around. Try grouping a few together and using them as a centerpiece for your big feast.

2.    Candy Corn Flower Pot
Fill a glass jar or trifle dish with a bag of candy corn, and use it as a base to arrange several flowers. The corn is a festive tribute to the Indians, and the plant will add a little greenery. Be creative when you plant selection – add some fall leaves, fresh flowers, or even an arrangement of twigs.

3.    Fall Leaf Lantern
Add a little ambiance to your room by creating a lantern with leaves you’ve gathered from outside. Start by pressing the leaves, to get them nice and flat.   Then glue them to a clean, glass jar using Modge Podge. Wait 20 minutes for it to dry and then layer another coat of Modge Podge on top of the leaves to seal them. Lastly, place a candle in the jar and your lantern is complete. Adding a variety of leaf colors looks best and adds a subtle, warm glow to any room.

4.    Metallic Pumpkins and Gourds
Give all your pumpkins, squash, and gourds a makeover by coating them in metallic or glitter spray paint. Shades of gold, bronze, and sunset orange are perfect for Thanksgiving, and the sparkly luster adds a regal air.   Arrange your finished beauties in a large glass tumbler, apothecary jar, or atop a cake stand to complete the look. If you’d like to take it a step further, paint pumpkin stems brown to really make them pop.

5.         Colored Pine Cones
Nothing says fall quite like pine cones, and they can be a stunning decorative piece when given a coat of paint. A selection of contrasting fall-hued colors look beautiful on an entry table. Pick up a combination of small spray paint cans in maroon, gold, dark brown, sunset orange, mustard yellow, mossy green, or cream, and color pine cones to your heart’s content. Be creative with color combinations – you can’t go wrong! Cones can be displayed in a large bowl, glass vase, or even strung as a garland.

6.    Pressed Leaf Art
Display the beauty of the outdoors by creating focal pieces with colorful fall leaves. Press leaves between books, and wait until leaves are fully dry. Place the pressed leaves between double sided glass frames to accentuate their silhouettes and bold colors. The simplicity of this decoration creates a tranquil, relaxing environment.

 7.    Corn Wreath
There are a couple different options for corn wreaths, depending on the look you’re going for and the amount of money you want to spend. You can make your wreath out of candy corn or Indian corn.   The candy corn wreath is simply a Styrofoam wreath covered in black duct tape with candy corn attached by a hot glue gun. Hang the wreath with a giant brown or red ribbon to give a Thanksgiving vibe.   The Indian corn wreath is even easier. Purchase a straw wreath and hot glue the corn to a straw wreath with the husks pointing outward.

Decorating for Thanksgiving can be easy and frugal when you take advantage of items you already have around the house or the yard. What better way to celebrate the season of thanks than the beauty of the outdoors? So open your mind, take a walk around the block, and visualize what you can create.

Guest Contributor,

Article By Anastasiya Johnson
Anastasiya is an interior designer and smart home planner for http://hdhomeautomationsystems.com/. When she is not planning out smart homes she is spending time with her husband and two kids.

 

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19 STEPS TO GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING GUESTS

Getting Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

Are you having family and friends over for Thanksgiving? Did you forget to include cleaning in your schedule? Let me guess, you’ve been busy looking all over for perfect recipes. That is fine, we all do that. But, somewhere between now and Thursday morning, you need to clean your house from top to bottom. It’s not easy when you have kids, a husband who thinks everything magically cleans itself, and a puppy who is too busy barking at everyone that passes by your house (yes, my puppy sits on her throne by the window and barks at anything and everything).

I completely understand where you’re coming from. After working all day, it’s hard to have any energy left to tend to your home. Nobody is judging, I’m here to help.

Just to scare you, a made you a calendar of where we are today, and how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching.

Look around, how dirty is your house?

If you only have 30 minutes to Clean.

1.       Clean your main bathroom

2.       Clean your kitchen

3.       Clean your dining room

4.       Turn a few candles on

IF YOU ONLY HAVE 2 HOURS TO CLEAN.

1.       Clean your main bathroom and a guest bathroom

2.       Clean your kitchen

3.       Clean your dining room

4.       Clean your living room

5.       Clean your fridge

6.       Turn candles on

IF YOU HAVE 6 HOURS TO CLEAN.

  1. Clean all your bathrooms
  2. Clean your kitchen
  3. Make sure you scrub your oven, inside and out
  4. Clean the inside of your fridge
  5. Clean your dining room, make it inviting.
  6. Clean and dust off your living room. Make sure you dust everything. Your mother-in-law sure loves to check that mantel
  7. Clean the fire place
  8. Clean the bar area
  9. Clean the kids room
  10. Clean the bed rooms
  11. Clean the guest room
  12. Clean your office
  13. Walk around your house and dust off every curtain
  14. Clean the ceiling fans
  15. Clean the kids play area
  16. Clean the front and back of the outside of the house
  17. Add Holiday decorations
  18. Add fresh cut flowers throughout the house
  19. Add candles in every common area

 

You did everything you could. Don’t worry, it looks great.

 


DON’T FORGET TO MAKE A LITTLE BAR AREA.

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  • Wine, red and white
  • Champagne, please chill
  • Vodka
  • Whiskey
  • Scotch
  • Rum
  • Soda Water
  • Tonic
  • Coke/Diet Coke
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cherries
  • Orange Wedges
  •  Ice
  •  Wine Glasses
  •  Champagne Flute
  •  Rocks Glasses

Turn on some holiday music for ambiance.

If you have Comcast, it’s channel 741. They also have holiday music on On Demand. Or, turn on your Pandora for great Holiday tunes. Zero excuse for not having Holiday Tunes playing in the background.

If everything goes to plan, everyone will be having too much fun to notice anything you forgot or didn’t get to clean in time.

Now go enjoy yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving

 

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7 NIGHTS OF BEACHFRONT RESORT ACCOMMODATIONS- GIVEAWAY!!!

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TOGETHER WE COPE- WINTER COAT DRIVE

Summer is over and you’re already dreading the Winter months. Well, I have the answer to your prayers: Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing has teamed up with Together We Cope, to give away a 7 Night Stay at St. James Club Antigua.

Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis & fitness center, supervised kids activities, spa and nightly entertainment. St. James club will leave you with amazing island memories to last a lifetime.

The package includes 7 nights accommodation at St. James Club & Villa, Antigua, dinning, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Winner is responsible for airfare and taxes.

All you have to do to enter a chance to win 7 Nights in St. James Club in Antigua is contribute to Together We Cope’s Winter Coat Drive. Follow the GoFundMe link below. Every person that donates towards their Winter Coat Drive will enter to win. If you have any questions regarding the trip please contact our marketing manager at Rona@kevinszabojrplumbing.net.

Together We Cope is a non-for profit organization based out of Tinley Park, Illinois.

Every year before Winter, Together We Cope gathers gently used coats and funds to purchase Winter Coats for families that unfortunately don’t have the funds to get a Winter coat for their kids. Could you imagine dealing with our Chicago Winter without a coat? Now, imagine a small child having to put up with this year’s freezing and insane Winter. Nobody should have to go through that, especially a baby or a kid.

We aren’t asking for much. Whatever you could spare would be appreciated. If you can’t donate, we ask you to share our post. Our mission is to be able to help Together We Cope as much as possible. They do so much for our community, they deserve the same in return.

Together We Cope’s main focus has always been to help: Recently unemployed workers, elderly and disabled people on fixed incomes, grandparents raising children, victims of fire and other disasters, single parents trying to make ends meet, people facing catastrophic medical expenses,  and underemployed workers without benefits.

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BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST IDEAS

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Mornings trying to get kids out the door are hectic enough, especially the first few weeks back to school. Breakfast shouldn’t be hard; it should be simple.

Wake up, make coffee, drink coffee, ponder life questions, get dressed, think about the kids mess in the living room, wake up the family, make breakfast, gather the children’s clothes, put all their school stuff together, yell a few times, make sure everyone is dressed, eat breakfast, ask your husband for help with the kids, drink more coffee, brush teeth, feed the puppy, and gather all belonging and out the door before 8:10 AM to make it to school at 8:30 AM.

In all that chaos you are supposed to feed your family a nutritious well balanced breakfast. I’m a huge fan of wraps, everyone enjoys them, and it’s not so messy. To make breakfast easier here are a few ideas that I have put together.

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes and Cheese in a wrap

Scramble eggs and potatoes, top with cheese, put it in a wrap. No mess, and it’s a hit.

Left Over Breakfast Wrap

If you have either beef, pork, or chicken and spring veggies from last night’s dinner: cut it up, or shred it and cook it in a skillet with eggs. Put it in a wrap. BAM, delicious gourmet breakfast.

Granola, Yogurt, and Fruit

Smash a Natural Valley Crunchy Granola bar, layered with vanilla yogurt, topped with berries & strawberries.

Eggs, Avocado, Hummus Wrap

Cook eggs to your liking. Slice up a few pieces of avocado. Put eggs and avocado in wrap with a spoon of hummus, roll it up and enjoy.

Bacon, Egg’s and Cheese Wrap

Cook Bacon. Scramble eggs, top with cheese. Spread a tiny bit of mayo on your wrap, add scrambled eggs and cheese, then top it with crispy bacon. Roll it up and enjoy.

Egg Whites, Tomatoes, Basil & Goat Cheese

Scrambled egg whites. Place in wrap, top with: Fresh tomatoes, Fresh Basil and goat cheese. Roll it up and enjoy. (If you have time, roast the tomatoes before placing them in wrap. It will give the wrap and extra kick)

Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fresh Fruit Wrap

Spread your favorite type of peanut butter and jelly over a whole wheat wrap. Top with Bananas and Strawberries. Roll it up and Enjoy.

-Everything is cooked in extra virgin olive oil, no butter, no vegetable oil.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have to make it enjoyable for you and the kids. They have to go out there and conquer the world, make it a little easier by making them a breakfast they could enjoy before school.

Plumbing Fact: Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind.

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Don’t Make The Toilet The Star of the Show!

The Star of the Show Shouldn't be the Toilet

You woke up this morning and decided to remodel your bathroom. I would love to tell you that it’s that easy. It usually takes time, money and lot’s of planning.

When remodeling a bathroom, you’re able to start fresh.  When entering a bathroom, you want your eyes to focus on the tub/shower/vanity/chandelier, not your toilet. Unless, you really are trying to make your toilet the main focus, because you’re purchasing: a custom, historic, or extremely futuristic piece.

The bathroom is the number one used room in the house, they are a necessity, you should put effort in the design. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, are you remodeling the bathroom: to increase value to your home? To add space? Improve layout? To update it? Because you have to sell the house? Add technology? Or, because you’re bored?

Which bathroom in the house are you remodeling? Each bathroom is different.

This is where you should focus in the bathroom…..

Hall Bathroom- Wall Design, Lighting, Chandelier

Master Bathroom– Tub

Kid’s Bathroom- Wall Decor

Bachelor/Bachelorette Bathroom- Tile Design or Wall Paper…. Flap Screen/Touch Screen Computer….  LED lights

Guest Bathroom- Vanity & Mirror

As a plumbing contractor, I’m able to move your plumbing (of course you have to be reasonable on where you want it moved). If you have the time, we are able to start from scratch. We could redesign your bathroom not just remodel the bathroom.

Here are some very unique toilets for your enjoyment.