Top Home Staging Tips

When you’re selling a home, staging is key. In short, staging helps you to depersonalize your space, which in turn, helps potential buyers vizualize themselves in the space. After all, you’re selling it. Keep in mind, your house is no longer your home, your house is a product to be sold. Here are some of the best tips for successfully staging a home for sale.
Bathroom

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen a house for sale that features a dirty, disgusting bathroom. Sure, the rest of the house looks great but once you get to the bathroom, it’s gross. Period.

When staging your home to sell, scrub, scrub, scrub! Get rid of all that soap scum build-up, take a q-tip to the base of your bathroom faucet and get rid of the dirt in every nook and cranny. A clean bathroom will be pleasing to buyers and even lets them know you’re proud of your home.

 

 

Got a Fireplace?

Fireplaces can be huge for some sellers, but if you’ve used your fireplace (especially if you have a wood burning fireplace,) be sure to clean it up. Many fireplaces get “burn marks” above the opening. Scrub this area down and make sure your fireplace looks picture perfect. Be sure to also clean the screen and the inside of the fireplace (at least, vacuum up any stray soot or dirt,) because it will make a difference for buyers.

Kitchens and More

The kitchen is an important selling point for any home, there’s no escaping it. Of course, we’ve all heard that replacing appliances to stainless steel is best, or that all appliances should match. But selling a kitchen goes beyond having “upgraded” appliances. Old, dated cabinets can be a huge turn-off for sellers.

Cabinets can be pricey to replace, but if you’ve got the budget, consider replacing (or at least, updating them.) You can update old, beat-up cabinets with a quick coat of paint and new hardware. White kitchen cabinets (or beige, brown or some other neutral color) can all be extremely appealing to buyers. Simple, inexpensive updates can make all the difference.

Light Fixtures

Dated light fixtures can make an entire home seem out-of-touch with the world. Fortunately, light fixtures are easy and generally inexpensive to replace. Even replacing an old fixture with a modern, but basic light fixture such as a glass globe, can make a huge impact on a space.

Paint, Paint, Paint!

This is always one of my biggest pet peeves, but you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Paint your home in neutral colors, if it isn’t already. I could never understand people who couldn’t look past paint color when buying a home, but it is what it is.

Choose warmer neutrals rather than cooler neutrals, as those can give off the psychological effect of a cold, uninviting home. Remember, just because you love that vibrant teal color in your office, doesn’t mean your buyers will.

Stage Each Room Individually

Be sure to stage each room individually, though many buyers tend to be more forgiving of children’s rooms. (Just be sure to cut down on how many toys your child has, as too many toys can still make a room feel small and cluttered.)

When staging each room, leave out items that are neutral and pack away items that are not. For example, your spouse might love that sculpture they picked up in New York, but it might not be everyone’s taste. Also, take down or change out any personal photograms in frames for more neutral photos-such as nature shots. The same goes for your wall art, you might love those vintage prints, but your buyers might not. Again, choose neutral wall art. Think: organic shapes, neutral colors and natural scenes.

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Drill Press Safety Guide

Using a drill press will reduce the amount of time that you need to spend on a task, not only because of the accuracy and the precision that come along with it, but also the power. However, a heavy piece of equipment like the drill press comes with its own set of precautions that must be followed closely to avoid injury. After all, power tools and electrical equipment are serious beasts – not toys.

Below are the top safety considerations for using a drill press

You should first and foremost become familiar with your machine. Learn every bolt, screw and lever inside and out. Ensure that you read the owner’s manual thoroughly as well. You need to be able to understand all of the potential hazards that may arise as a result of not following the procedures outlined in the manual carefully.

Remember to cover your eyes to protect from wooden or metal splinters, which could cause injury or blindness. The best way to do this is by wearing a full face mask, or protective goggles. NEVER use a drill press without eye protection. Ensure that before you turn on the power to the drill press, the chuck key is removed. The other workaround to this would be using a self-ejecting chuck key. However not all drill presses have these – so it’s best to check.

Make sure that the drill press button is switched to off mode/position when not in use. Especially while making any sort of repairs to the machine, ensure that the power cord is removed from the power source. This precautions is intended to prevent unwanted electrical shocks. Also you must use the correct drill bit for whatever material you’re drilling into, using the wrong one could cause a mess! As well as the right drill bit, the work piece must be held securely in place. you can use a drill press vise for this.

The spindle pulley on the drill press should be covered with a guard and there should be no loose clothing or jewelry in the area while operating the drill press. if you have long hair, be sure to tie it back or chop it off. If you don’t do this things can get caught up which can be extremely dangerous.

To prevent respiratory illness the work area needs to be well ventilated at all times, especially while using sanding drums or anything that creates fumes/dust. If you’re in doubt you can always wear a breathing/dust mask or respirator for extra protection.

Conclusion

In conclusion, read the manual! Once you’ve done that make sure you follow our steps listed above. You can always consult a professional or contact us if you’re still unsure about how to use a drill press safely. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to add to this list.

Horse Finger Puppets – Kids Craft Ideas

Horse finger puppets are a fun and easy craft for kids. Kids will enjoy making the toy with you and will get a kick out of being creative. The best parts about this craft is that horse finger puppets only take about 15 to 30 minutes to make and can be crafted from things you already have at home or can inexpensively purchase at a craft or dollar store.
Few color suggestions are given with this crafting idea, so you and your child can feel free to make traditional looking horse puppets or more colorful nontraditional ones. Imagination and creative interpretations are welcome.

As with any kids craft project, be sure to closely supervise. Adults may want to do all cutting, if you do not have child safety scissors.

Horse Finger Puppet Supplies:

Old glove
Scissors
Craft glue
Felt scraps or thin cardboard
Permanent markers
Cotton balls
Fake eyes
Fake hair or yarn

Crafting the Horse Finger Puppet’s Shape:

1. Cut a finger off of a pair of gloves.

2. Bead craft glue along the cut edges of the finger, to prevent fraying and runs. Allow time for glue to dry.

3. Stuff half of a cotton ball into the fingertip of the glove, to create the shape of the horse’s muzzle.

4. Add another cotton ball behind the first one, to shape the horse’s head.

5. Turn the glove finger inside out until you can see the start of the cotton balls. Seal with craft glue and let glue dry.

Putting Ears on the Horse Finger Puppet:

Option 1
1. To make the horse’s ears, cut out two 1 1/2 inch long ovals from felt.

2. Going lengthwise, fold the ovals in half and glue together the lower edges.

3. Glue the base of the ears onto the back of the horse finger puppet’s head.

Option 2
1. Cut narrow ovals for the ears out of an old blind slat. Cut 1 1/2 inches lengthwise, where the slat is gently curved.

2. Color the slat with permanent markers or glue fabric over them.

3. Glue the base of the ears onto the back of the horse finger puppet’s head.

Giving the Horse Puppet Features:

1. Cut out a thin strip of felt, roughly an inch long, to run down your horse puppet’s nose. Attach the stripe with glue, starting at the top of the horse’s head.

2. Glue tiny fake eyes onto your puppet or cut a pair out of white felt. Dot the center of the felt with a black permanent marker. Glue onto the horse’s head.

3. Use the marker to draw on nostrils and a jawline.

Giving a Horse Finger Puppet a Forelock amp; Mane:

1. To add a fringed forelock to your horse finger puppet, fringe one edge of a half inch square of felt. Glue opposite straight edge to the puppet. Another option to felt would be to use half inch strands of yarn and individually glue on to the head.

2. Use fake hair or yarn to craft the horse puppet’s mane. Cut hair or yarn about three inches long. Attach to the back of the horse finger puppet’s head.

Repeat these steps to make a whole stable of horse finger puppets to enjoy.

What you need to know before you purchase a Drill Press

A drill press is basically just a beefed up drill. The drill press is very capable, and can easily do a lot more than the hand drill or other similar more basic types of drills because of its unique design. The unique design uses leverage to give you the ability to exert a lot of power with the drill bit, without much effort on your part. Drill presses come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most common type is a style which is mounted onto your work bench. There are also other types for more niche tasks, like making jewelry, we will take a look at some of these later on. Although the main uses of the drill press are for wood-work and metal work jobs, there is so much you can use them for that any DIY enthusiast should consider purchasing one. If you know that you want to get a drill press, but you don’t yet know which drill press is the best for you, keep reading. We aim to answer your questions so you can make a wise purchase that will leave you satisfied in your workshop.

Drill Presses can roughly be categorized into three main groups. The first (and most common) type is the benchtop drill press, then there is the much larger floor drill press. The third (less common) type of drill press that we will take a look at is known as the small or miniature drill press. Between these three different styles of machine, there is a tool perfect for everyone and every task.

 

Bench top drill presses

these are the most common type found in the garage/workshop of most wood-workers and DIY enthusiasts. They are more portable than floor drill presses, but still large enough to complete all the work most people need. As the name implies, this type of drill press is usually bolted onto a table top, or work bench, along side your various other benchtop tools. The swing distance of these style machines is usually around 7 – 10 inches. So you should consider if that is large enough for you (for most people it is). It helps to know exactly what sort of tasks you’re going to be using it for, before you go shopping, that way you know ahead how big you want the machine to be.

 

The Floor Drill press

This is the largest style machine, and as such not quite as common for the everyday DIY folk. The floor drill press is mostly used in factories, professional workshops, or for applications that are more industrial in nature. They usually sit at around 18 inch capacity, hence why they must be bolted to the floor (because of their height).

 

Mini Drill Press

The mini drill press (also called the small drill press) is a tiny drill press that is used in some particular niches that require such a precise machine. They are extremely portable and light, and yet quite powerful. Because of this they’re a favorite tool among jewelers. The base of this type of drill is actually the same part that is used as a drilling table, this is the design feature that enables them to be so compact. If you think a mini drill press might be right for you, eurotool produce fantastic offerings in this niche.

 

Conclusion

There is an abundance of choices when it comes to choosing the best drill press for your specific needs, that’s why it’s so important to consider all of the different options you have. If you’ve read this guide and you’re still not sure which drill press is the right one for you, our top recommendation is the WEN 4208. This is because it is a fantastic middle ground, having a powerful motor, and still being pretty compact and easy to transport. It is an 8 inch bench top style model, which means it will get just about any work done, unless you’re a power user that needs a floor drill press. But if that’s the case, and you need a large floor drill press then you probably already know which model you need. If you have anything to add to this guide, or if you’d just like to share your thoughts on this topic please get in contact with us. If you’re using a drill press, safety is very important, that is why we recommend you check out our guide to drill press safety.

Best Hand Saw Buying Guide

Whoever doesn’t own a hand saw is missing out. Hand saws are useful in a ton of different situations and applications. Usually you use a hand saw when you want to cut through wood but without using a power tool. Or when you need more precision than you can achieve with a tool like a chain saw. There are a lot of tasks where the hand saw is more suitable than a miter saw or table saw for instance. If you need to trim trees in your backyard, or cut wooden beams for a shed then a hand saw is the perfect tool for the job. But how do you get the best hand saw for wood working or for whatever your task is? Well, this guide is here to help you with that. We have gone over some of the top points to consider. After reading through this guide you should have quite a good idea about what you need to know in order to buy a good hand saw.

The best hand saw should be durable so that it lasts a long time before needing to be replaced. The easiest way to ensure your saw is durable is to purchase a well known and reputed model from a well known brand like stanley. It’s important that the steel which the saw blade is made from is high carbon. High carbon steel keeps the teeth sharper for longer and doesn’t flex too much is the saw gets stuck.

Stanley Fat Max Saw

https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-20-045-15-Inch-Fat-Hand/dp/B00005A1JN

TheStanley 20-045 Fat Max Hand Saw is our top choice for overall performance. It is a nice balance between being cheap but also being a high quality hand saw. This saw is versatile, and the back can be used also as a measuring instrument. It’s perfect for making quick measurements to mark 45 and 90 degree angles for on the go measuring. The handle is designed with precision and ergonomics in mind so that it is easy and comfortable to hold for a long duration. The blade is 15 inches long, with 9 TPI or teeth per inch. The Fatmax hand saw is great for experts who need high quality but also just for amateurs as it’s an all around well balanced tool. The special sharptooth saw tech the blade uses allows you to cut through wood and plastic 50% faster than regular hand saws.

 

GreatNeck N2610 Handsaw

https://www.amazon.com/GreatNeck-N2610-Cross-Hardwood-Handle/dp/B0002YUJGY

The Great Neck N2610 is another popular choice among builders and handymen. Anyone who has owned this hand saw will be able to attest to the fact that it’s built to be very high quality. The design is meticulously crafted and is pleasing to the eye. Particularly the wooden handle. One drawback to keep in mind regarding the handle is that wooden handles are heavier than plastic handles. This saw does not just look pretty anyway, it’s also very functional. As we mentioned before, it is important that the blade of any good handsaw is made from high quality steel. In that arena this saw excels as the teeth are hard built from high carbon steel meaning they will stay sharp for ages. The greatneck is also quite quick at cutting because it has 10 teeth per inch on a solid blade of 26 inches. This saw is well priced and suits hobbyist as well as professionals.