Handheld Leaf Blowers: A Time Saver

May 17, 2014 by  
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It’s a big deal to be able to save time doing something especially if you have a busy schedule. The handheld leaf blowers are surely going to help you save a lot of time doing the chore of getting read of those leaves outdoors. There are even reports that say blowers are also used to tidy up what’s indoors.

Leaf blowers’ production started in the 70’s and in 1985 75,000 of it were sold and in 2010 it reached over 4 million and the tedious work of cleaning up those fallen leaves became less daunting.

Handheld Leaf Blowers

Handheld Leaf Blowers

A leaf blower is pretty much just a portable turbine fan that’s powered by gas engine or by electricity that blasts the air through its tube. The air that’s forced out of the tube, when directed to leaves or debris, will move them towards the area that you want them placed so they can be disposed of easily once done.

The electric leaf blower reviews show that it has several features that are quite appealing to many homeowners. One particular feature is how easy it is to use. You only need to have an extension power cord and turn on the switch. You don’t have any requirements with the storing of the flammable fuel and its additives and you don’t have to worry and get frustrated about pulling the starter cord several times to get the engine going. The electric blower can deliver 250 cubic feet per minute of air through its tube and some types even allow adjustments to the flow.

One other attraction to this type of blower is the price. You can get one at just $40 or at most at around $150. They’re also cheaper to operate because it only runs on electricity and there’s no need to maintain its engine just like you’d do for a fuel-powered engine. It also doesn’t produce fumes and are quieter than the gas powered ones.

If you’re not fond of the electrical blowers then the gas powered blower is for you especially when distance from the power outlet is an issue or if there are no power outlets at all. The gas powered leaf blowers are also more powerful than the electric blowers. There are those with 2 cycle OHVs that are more efficient and can last longer and more powerful.

The choice of having a handheld leaf blower really depends on your situation and choice. It’s a great tool for your yard. The best backpack blower is great as it allows you the convenience of cleaning the yard with the blower at your back. It’s not very heavy.


Karcher K 5.540 Electric Pressure Washer Review

March 10, 2014 by  
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Karcher K 5.540

Karcher K 5.540

If your hose is on its last spurt, or you’re just tired of lugging it out and reaching it around the house to clean some part of the house, then you should seriously look into a pressure washer to beat back the tough dirt, grime, and grit that is plugging up your home, gutters, and eaves and making your house look a mess.

Top pressure washers are designed to clear away grime by shooting a high-pressure stream of water at it, either hot or cold, with or without detergent. Pressure washers have built-in functions to add detergent as the water goes out, depending on the model you get.

Features – Benefits:

  1. Safety – child safety lock to ensure that your children can’t hurt themselves with the machine
  2. Patented DirtBlaster Apparatus – to increase pressure by an effective rate of 50%, the patented DirtBlaster really does the trick
  3. Nicer motor – there is a water-cooled induction motor that gives the device better performance over a longer span of time
  4. Hose reel – the hose reel makes storage easy because you can reel in the cord and have hassle-free storage

 

Product – Shipping Details:

  1. 38 pounds
  2. 2000 PSI/1.4 GPM
  3. 25-foot high pressure hose
  4. 15.5 x 16.5 x 23 inches

 

Final Analysis

Every dad wants a pressure washer, but they just don’t know it yet. They might think the garden hose can do the job of clearing away the leaves each autumn, but they just haven’t been turned on to the power of a pressure washer. Pressure washers actually make it fun to clean.

They make it enjoyable to get out there and do the cleaning that you formerly resented when you were forced to do chores. Now, when your old lady yaps at you, you’ll want to get out there and clean.


5 Suggestions for Garage Workbenches

March 3, 2014 by  
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Most people that are thinking on purchasing a workbench will place it in their garage, because that is generally the best place to perform any woodwork tasks. However there are also some people that choose to add their workbenches to the basement.

Generally they place the benches where ever they find suitable, in places that are easy to clean with lots of space available. The main reason that most people place their workbenches in the garage is because it is a space that requires little to no cleaning afterwards. People can leave the space a bit of a mess without worrying about others observing it.

5 Suggestions for Garage Workbenches

5 Suggestions for Garage Workbenches

However, this does not give a person an excuse to keep their work area cluttered or dirty, because it could become a hazard. A garage workbench has been ideal to most because it allows people to work stress free and easily on their projects. If you haven’t already chosen a garage workbench to purchase then it might help if you could consider the things listed below.

Location

The first thing that you need to do before you purchase your workbench for your garage is determine where you plan to put the workbench. You should have enough space for the workbench that you plan to purchase. Take some measurements so that you will know which bench would be the best portable workbench to fit in that particular area where you plan on placing it.

Hooks & Drawers

What is a workbench without hooks and drawers? You will need a good amount of space on your workbench with plenty of drawer space and hooks to place the tools properly in order to keep your work area well organized. This will also ensure that you don’t lose any of your tools or that none of the tools fall on the floor.

Sturdiness

Sturdiness in a garage workbench matters. You will need your workbench to be sturdy so that you will be able to work at the bench without it moving around or being wobbly. A cheap workbench could mean that your projects will not be done properly. Portable workbench reviews are ideal to read, especially if you plan to purchase a workbench online because you won’t really know how sturdy a workbench is you have assembled it an used it for yourself. However, those that have purchased the workbench that you are interested in buying will let you know just how sturdy the bench is.

Height of the workbench

Choose a workbench according to its height as well. You need to choose a workbench depending upon how tall you are so that you can work comfortably at the bench. You would be surprised at how much the height of your workbench matters. You don’t want to have to bend down too low because you have a short bench, or struggle to reach up on a taller bench.

Build your workbench

Custom building your workbench might be a good idea if you cannot find a garage workbench that meets all of your personal requirements and standards.


Why Use a Lathe Machine?

February 22, 2014 by  
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In general, a lathe machine is used to give a shape to an object by rotating it on its axis. At a high level, think of a desktop globe spinning on its axis. A lathe machine does this much faster.

Why Use a Lathe Machine

Why Use a Lathe Machine

Background of the Lathe Machine

The idea behind the lathe machine was introduced somewhere around 1300 B.C. Over the centuries it has been improved upon and diversified to the machines used today by industrial shops as well as hobbyists. You’ll find lathes used in steel fabrication, carpentry, mechanical applications, and even glass working.

What Are Lathes Used For?

As mentioned previously, lathe machines are used to give shape to an object by spinning it. However it has other uses as well with regard to forming a final piece. A lathe machine also used for:

  • Sanding
  • Cutting
  • Drilling at specific angles or where traditional drills cannot go
  • Wood working
  • Metal working
  • Watchmaking
  • Turning to make ornaments
  • Glass working
  • Spinning metal
  • Boring
  • Turning round metal bars into bolts by threading

And these uses are only the beginning. Lathes are used to create a seemingly endless array of products.

When a lathe is used for boring, you’ll find that it can drill a hole up to six inches. It does this by using extremely sharp tools.

In cutting, you will find tools such as a diamond cutting tool or an M.S. cutting tool that are extremely effective for slicing through solid materials.

The Parts of a Lathe Machine

Typical parts that you will find on a lathe machine include:

  • Head stock
  • Compound rest
  • Saddle
  • Clutch knob
  • Half-nut lever
  • Face plate
  • Tool post
  • Back gear level
  • Feed service lever

These are just some of the main parts. Each part has its specific function and together they work to produce a turned and finished product.

The Different Types of Lathes

For the uses above, you will find different types of lathe machines. For metal working, you’ll find lathes used specifically for working metals. Likewise, you’ll find woodworking lathes in carpentry shops.

Whatever the job, you’ll find a lathe that can handle it.


Choosing your Perfect Garden Cabin

November 11, 2013 by  
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If you are the type of person that is looking for a garden home office that represents log cabins that you would find in the mountains, then you need to consider a few things. The most important thing to consider is the amount of space and location you have in your garden for your cabin home office.

Space is extremely important and you might have to do some landscaping in order to get the amount of space that you will need. You are also going to need to figure out the correct place to build your cabin home office to make sure it’s easily accessible.

Choosing your Perfect Garden Cabin

Choosing your Perfect Garden Cabin

Cost is going to be another factor that determines what your cabin home office is going to be. There are a lot of options available to people on a budget and determining how much money you have available to build this cabin office of yours.

The more money you have available the more accessories you will be able to afford. Things like extra windows to bring light in, and even a bathroom can be added to your office to make it more comfortable for you and your clients when they come over.

You will need to make sure that you can get electricity to your office as well. This is going to require the hiring of a professional electrician to make sure that everything is done right and that you don’t cause a fire or electrocute yourself. If you are planning on having water for your office, you will need a plumber to come in and make sure the water line and the sewer line are properly connected as well. You can create the most professional office that you can afford this way if you have the funds to do it.

People that prefer to have their home office out in their garden because of the privacy they can get. This means they are able to get more work done in less time because they don’t have all the distractions that they would normally have if their office were in a room of their home. This may seem odd to some people, but having a cabin office in your garden could help you greatly with your home based business affairs.


Picking Out the Right Pressure Washer

October 30, 2013 by  
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When it comes to picking out the best pressure washer for your needs, the first thing you are going to need to do is figure out what type of jobs you are going to be using it for. If you are only interested in general cleaning of your driveway or washing the pollen off your home, then you won’t have to worry about going into the realm of high intensity industrial pressure washers.

You could stick with the household washers that have an estimated 1500 to 2000 PSI rather than turning to the commercial washers, which can go well over 3000 PSI.

Depending on what kind of job you are performing with your pressure washer, you may want to determine the amount of water flow that you will need. If you are just going to be washing down your driveway and getting rid of leaves or dust that accumulates, then you won’t have to worry about too much water flow. But if you are planning on pushing large amounts of debris around, then you will want something that can put out a decent amount of water flow so that it doesn’t take you all day long to get the job done.

Another thing you are going to need to consider is how often you will be using your power washer. If you are only going to be using your washer a few hours every year, then you can probably get by with a household washer. On the other hand, if you are going to be using it for a few hours every day, then you will want to get a commercial washer. The reason for this is that a household washer is usually made form aluminum and plastic and can’t handle the amount of use that a commercial washer can withstand.

Using a power washer can be quite beneficial for you and allows you to get a job done a lot faster than with a hose and nozzle attachment. However, if you end up purchasing the wrong washer for the jobs that you are going to be doing with it, then you will find that you are wasting more money than you could be saving. Remember, you have to have the right tool for the job.


A Lean To Greenhouse Is Perfect For Urban Growing

June 26, 2013 by  
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Just because you’ve chosen to live in a block of flats or an exclusive apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t install your own lean to greenhouse so that you can grow your own organic fruit and vegetables across the whole 12 months of the year.

If you are lucky enough to have a balcony that receives a lot of light throughout the day you will be able to install a greenhouse outside of your property. Failing that, you will have to purchase an apartment greenhouse which is a type of indoor greenhouse kit. The type and size of greenhouse you purchase will be dictated by the types of plants you want to grow and of course, how many.

A Lean To Greenhouse Is Perfect For Urban Growing

A Lean To Greenhouse Is Perfect For Urban Growing

The smallest of greenhouses

You can grow an excellent range of herbs in a very small apartment greenhouse. Simply, you can purchase one of the small units that will sit on a suitably sized windowsill, often your kitchen by design, and you’ll be able to grow all the herbs you require across the course of a year.

If you’re setting your targets much higher, you will need to construct a greenhouse that sits in an area in your apartment, which attracts the most light.

A lean to greenhouse does exactly what it says; it leans onto a wall and whether this is inside your apartment or out on a balcony, it still fulfils the same function.

The amount of light and heat that reaches your greenhouse has to be carefully managed as it would be if you had a large garden with a large greenhouse. If there is too much heat in your greenhouse, your plants will suffer and wilt and they need to be provided with sufficient ventilation so that mould and fungi doesn’t grow on your plants.

Artificial lighting

If your lean to greenhouse can’t receive sufficient sunlight on your balcony or inside your apartment, you will need to install artificial lighting so that your plants believe they are receiving sufficient light from the sun.

When your apartment greenhouse is inside your property, you will need to take care, especially during the hottest of the summer months and the coldest of the winter months when your apartment heating is on full blast, that you don’t overcook your plants. You will need to provide a source of ventilation, perhaps by a fan, to ensure sufficient air moves around your plants.

It’s easy to install an urban greenhouse when you don’t have the type of land where you would normally expect to build a greenhouse. You shouldn’t use a lack of available land as an excuse to buying all of your fruit and vegetables from your grocery superstore.

A lean to greenhouse inside your property or on your balcony can be a perfect way to introduce small children to the best methods of planting for herbs, fruit and vegetables that have not been contaminated with chemicals and increase global warming by moving these items thousands of miles across the world just so people can have them available out of season.

Your apartment greenhouse will provide a great topic of conversation for all of your visitors and they will probably be asking your advice when they look to install a lean to greenhouse in their property.


Cleaning A Greenhouse

June 12, 2013 by  
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Like all areas of your house, if your greenhouse is going to function properly and help you grow endless supplies of free fruit and vegetables over the whole year, you must maintain and clean your greenhouse so that it remains in pristine condition and is particularly spotless to prevent the growth of algae and any bugs who would like to eat your dinner.

Some people complain that their greenhouse is a constant battle zone against diseases which are attacking your fruit and vegetables or the many insects and bugs that cherish living in your greenhouse with such an abundant supply of food, always available.

Cleaning A Greenhouse

Cleaning A Greenhouse

Sanitation is vitally important in your greenhouse

You need to set up an efficient system to sanitise and disinfect your greenhouse between every growing season. You shouldn’t wait until a few days before you going to open your greenhouse for another growing season before you clear away any of the remains from the earlier growing period.

It will always be easier if you clear your greenhouse of pests and any other troubles before their growth takes over your greenhouse and instead of just cleaning an area, you’ll have to completely empty your greenhouse and start again.

You have heard the saying that is much easier to prevent trouble rather than cure it afterwards. It is extremely true whether you work in a small greenhouse or a much larger model.

Establishing a routine disinfecting schedule might cause you to make some extra effort, but over a 12 month period you will be involved in less work in clearing your greenhouse of unwanted bacteria and bugs, than if you were to attempt it at the start of every growing season.

Of course, it is easier to clean your greenhouse when it is close to empty which might tie in with the time you are preparing a greenhouse for the new season; the choice will be yours.

Your cleaning procedure

You should always start at the top and work your way down so that you are constantly keeping an area clean as you build upon your success. Visiting your local garden centre or using an online supplier will provide you with all of the organic or chemical cleaning materials that you require.

You should pay particular attention to areas which are difficult to get to as this is where fungi growth or wet and damp areas are likely to want to multiply.

Organisms which carry disease can sit on any of your window ledges or your roof rafters. They particularly like any folds of plastic because you will be keeping your greenhouse well ventilated and warm enough for your fruit plants to grow well, which are also ideal conditions for organisms to grow successfully.

You will have to make your own decisions about using chemical based disinfectants or whether you’re going to choose a more natural and organic version. There are equal arguments for using either as well as the need to preserve the planet.

Preparing a greenhouse for the new season would be such a difficult task if you regularly keep your greenhouse as clean as you can. A little work completed occasionally will save you difficult tasks further down the time line.


Replacing The Burner Of A Gas Grill

May 2, 2013 by  
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Chances are, if you have a gas grill, you will most likely end up having to replace your burner. Burners, although they can be cleaned, need to be replaced when they have acquired a high amount of rust.

If you are noticing that your burner is giving trouble, don’t rush to the store to buy a new one. The problem may just be that it needs to be cleaned. To clean the burner, simply remove it, use a slender pipelike dusting equipment to clean inside the burner, then to finish off, use a small screw or nail and poke holes through clogged burner holes.

Replacing The Burner Of A Gas Grill

Replacing The Burner Of A Gas Grill

If the problems persist, and there are evident signs that your burner isn’t working properly or is badly damaged, change it.

1. Invest in a new burner

Burners can be found anywhere grills are located. Some popular places are home improvement stores, Walmart, or any outdoor furniture store. Many people are now turning to the internet in order to get burners for a lower price. Before purchasing a new burner, make sure you know which brand your previous one was.

2. Turn off gas

Before proceeding to replace your burner, insure that your gas is off. In order to accomplish this, turn the knob to off, or pushing the lever to off. If you are not sure how to properly turn off the gas grill, check with the owners manual or call the company. You should always check to see if there is any remaining gas in the grill. If there is, drain it all out and turn off the gas supply.

3. Remove the burner

The next step after draining the gas, is to remove the burner. To remove the burner, first you have to remove the nuts. The job of the nuts are to hold the burner in place. When you have located the nut, use an adjustable wrench and turn it in a counterclockwise motion. When it is fully loosen, lift and remove the burner.

4. Replacing with the new burner

After successfully removing the old burner, it is time to put in the new one. Line up the burner and the nut, and use the wrench and turn it clockwise. You should always test it to make sure that it is on correctly.

Usually people invest in a gas grill for barbecuing, not realizing that grills need to be maintained. There are many ways to maintain your grill, most of the things you need to know should be found in your owners manual.


All You Need to Know About John Deere Snow Blowers

February 20, 2013 by  
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In terms of snow equipment, John Deere snow blowers are among the best ones. A large numbers of consumers and experts have tried and tested these equipments and are seen as high quality snow blowers. The company is well known for making top quality equipments for both industrial and home use.

The company manufactures tractors, lawn mowers, blowers, trimmers and snow equipments. In terms of snow blowers, John Deere machines are the best ones out there. The brand is popular not just because of the delivered quality but also to the widespread network of dealer stores around the world.

If you need the best snow blower, you need no special reason to go for a John Deere blower. As these equipments are indeed quality blowers, you will get increased snow throwing capacity and powerful function. John Deere snow blowers can handle all snow tasks at all times. There are even models made to work under heavy snowfall and which will throw snow rather far. John Deere blowers are also durable that will last even if they are frequently used. Thus, if you need a reliable and efficient snow blower, look for a John Deere snow blower model.

Things to Keep in Mind

Still, when you plan to purchase a John Deere snow blower, be prepared to spend a larger amount of money. As we are talking about industry leader equipments, some models can cost more than $1000. This is a high price, especially for people looking for a bargain.

However, if you decide to purchase a John Deere snow blower, your money is well spent, as you’ll get a top quality and high performance unit. Furthermore, your investment is backed up by the warranty periods on the snow blowers.

John Deere snow blowers are made available in various different levels of quality, capacity and price ranges for customers to choose the most suitable models for their needs. The 522E Single Stage Snow Thrower is the most popular and most cost-effective one stage model available on the market, with a price of about $629.

If you are looking for more power, there is the 726E Dual Stage Snow Thrower from John Deere. This model costs slightly under $1000, which is a reasonably priced model, compared to the 928E Dual Stage Snow Thrower that costs about $1300.

Purchase John Deere snow blowers if quality is a lot more important for you than price.


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