Since the invention of leaf blowers and vacuum cleaners very few people give any thought to brooms. Yet sweeping is an effective and power efficient way to corral dust and debris. And, let's face it, the more tasks that you can do without power the better. Not only is sweeping inexpensive, it's quiet and
Sandpaper - a stiff paper or light cardboard with one side coated in rough particles, used for making things smooth. Should be easy right? Yet, a brief adventure down that aisle of the hardware store reveals an almost mind boggling array of types, shapes, textures and something called grit. It's sandpaper, it's disposable, does
Batteries are ubiquitous in modern life. Cars, computers, clocks, camping lanterns even candles; anything that moves or glows and is portable has at least one battery in it. They are not all the same though. They come in a huge range of sizes, compositions and even technologies. There are standards though, lets have a
As the name implies, masking tape is used to mask surfaces while you are painting. This is far from its only use. You can use this under-loved painter's tool to make your life easier in many ways. Properties Masking tape is essentially adhesive paper ribbon. This means that you can write on it with
AS we say here: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. That holds true with most things in life, all things in DIY and especially in painting. Preparing for Painting is a lot more than picking out a colour and buying some brushes. It takes some time, effort and planning but it will ensure that you
Apart from being incredibly annoying, a dripping tap can waste a shocking amount of water. This has an equally shocking effect on your water bill and it's not good for our water scarce country. Most of the time a dripping tap is caused by an old or degraded washer. Thankfully changing a a washer is
Fuses have something to do with electricity and occasionally they blow? That's all most of us know about fuses. There are fuses in the wiring of our buildings, the cars we drive, the appliances in our kitchens and most of the electronics around us. So we should probably find out why we need fuses
For most people a saw is a saw, a serrated blade with a handle. Like a steak knife but bigger. And a power saw is a big spinning blade of immanent death, dismemberment and saw dust. Crime dramas and horror movies aside, saws are varied and useful tools ideal for many purposes and materials.
Just because summer is dying and autumn is knocking doesn't mean that you have to give up on your garden. Far from it, in fact. South Africa is blessed with a long growing season and with a little love your garden can continue to grow beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables for months still. Here
It's much easier to relax when you know that your home is safe and sound. Here are a few things to do to practice home safety while you're away.