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Basement: The Last Frontier

The basement is probably the most underrated area in the house, but if it's refinished it will be like adding another room, or even another floor altogether. There is a lot of different choices as far as the aesthetic layout, but it's been quite popular to add home theaters or wet bars; something that doesn't seem so basement-ish.The following material will be some advice on some preliminary start up points to get going on a basement project. Also, some basement ideas will be tossed around a bit to get your creative juices flowing.First, Questioning the ContractorBefore you start perusing through your local yellow pages looking for someone to contract your basement remodeling job, you will want to have some foresight so you don't pick one that you will regret. Just like finding a mechanic, it can be worrisome as you think that you are running crapshoot with who you choose to hire. Scour the neighborhood or scan your rolodex. A friend or family will know someone who did some home construction work in the past,...


Choosing The Right Workshop Tools

Choosing the right Workshop Tools for your workshop will relate invariably to the type of workshop operation you have in place. Obviously the home workshop will require some different tools than a commercial workshop. The home workshop is typically smaller than a commercial counterpart and therefore can only support the specialized tools of the particular niche. A commercial workshop that provides auto repair will be a lot bigger on the norm and require a variety of tools to support it. Let's take a look at some of the tools that might be needed in a residential workshop or in a commercial workshop.Residential WorkshopResidential workshops will almost certainly require the basic hand tools used by workshops everywhere including screwdrivers, hammers, and socket wrenches, ratchet wrenches, vice grips, pliers and more. These same tools are a main stay in the commercial workshop too. Residential workshops will typically have a variety of saws as well like the table saw or band saw, especially if a lot of wood wo...


Old Furniture Starting Your Home Project

Even the designers on TV are doing it; finding great furnishing at flea-markets, charity shops, and yard sales. Often, a wonderful piece of furniture can be had for mere dollars, especially if its finish is in desperate need of some TLC. Unfortunately, the design shows on TV dont show you all the proper steps for refreshing your finds. Take the time to do it right, and your new furniture will have friends wondering where you shop! 1. Safety first: Before you disturb any painted surface, you should think about the possibility of lead. Lead paint additives were phased out in the 1970s and 80s. If you suspect lead is present in any paint, you can find information about safety precautions and testing at epa, or by calling the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD. Even with newer surfaces, I find that a dust mask is always in order when sanding. Your lungs will thank you. 2. Sanding: Not all pieces will require sanding before repainting. My mantra is to leave well enough alone when dealing with old p...


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