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Hammer Testing on a Thumb Nail

Hammer Testing on a Thumb Nail

Popular Mechanics is taking it to the next level when it comes to testing hand tools. We’ve all seen the predictable results of hammer-on-nail but what does a real world situation such as hammer-on-thumb feel like when comparing a standard steel hammer with a new auto-hammer?

Water Your Christmas Tree

Water Your Christmas Tree

We love natural Christmas trees but everyone should remember that they need care to last as well as remain safe in your home. There is no greater danger than a tree that has dried out. Read this article from the New York Times for more information about caring for your […]

Nursery Needs: Finding the Right Space

Nursery Needs: Finding the Right Space

We’re kicking off this week with a 3-part series on Nurseries. Our friend and soon to be mom, Sarah Donoghue, is in the process of preparing her home for a little one. She and her husband currently reside in St. Louis but she honed her design aesthetic while working at […]

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

Decorating with Hanging Lights for Christmas

photo: wishymom We’ll leave the decor ideas and inspiration to the experts but we do know a little something about safety when it comes to hanging your outdoor Christmas lights.

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Electrical Outlet Orientation

Should the ground slot be up or down?

Get Ready for Gustav

Get Ready for Gustav

As residents flee from hurricane Gustav, many of them face the difficult task of not knowing what condition their house may be in when they return and what to do if they’ve lost everything. We’ve pulled some links from Charles and Hudson as well as other sites that can help […]

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Radiation and Radon in Granite Countertops

Besides the ubiquitous nature of granite countertops and almost boring combination of granite and stainless seen in kitchens everywhere, there’s another reason you may wish to reconsider granite countertops.

Table Saw Safety Rules

Table Saw Safety Rules

This recall got us thinking about safety again (safety should always be on our mind). We came across this list of table saw safety regulations and maintenance tips. The absolute safety rules regarding table saws are: 1. Always use a push stick when the fence is set under 3″ to […]

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Chemical-free Cookware Options

Swapping harsh bleaches or detergents for mild cleaning products or CFLs for the energy-draining light bulbs of the past are just some of the easy green improvements you can make around your home. While you’re at it, consider changing your cookware.

Extension Cord Safety

Extension Cord Safety

The DIY Maven shares her tips for using extension cords safely.

Installing a Stair Runner

Installing a Stair Runner

Don’t wait to hire a professional to install the carpet runner down your stairs–do it yourself! Here you’ll find some tips and tricks for making the runner last longer and look better.

Nail Gun News

Nail Gun News

We’ve shared tips for nail gun safety but if you need a reminder of the damage that they can do when not handled properly, then check out these x-rays of folks who weren’t quite so careful.

Hawaiian Homeowners Choose to Outrun Lava Flows

Hawaiian Homeowners Choose to Outrun Lava Flows

photo: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Hawaiians have many skills and talents that “mainlanders” will never have such as a taste for poi (and spam), surfing pipeline, and creating Niihau shell leis. You can now add

Shower Power

Shower Power

A reader sent over a DIY disaster that their handyman/landlord setup for them. Albeit she lives in China there is no excuse or reason to have exposed power outlets in or around the shower area. This outlet isn’t just exposed but the handyman left the extension cord that we presume […]

Work Glove Guidelines in the Workshop

Work Glove Guidelines in the Workshop

Toolcrib recommends wearing gloves while moving wood and materials into the workshop but when it comes time to use heavy machinery you must remove your gloves.OSHA concurs “Use gloves to protect hands from splinters when handling wood but do not wear them near rotating blades and other machinery parts where […]

QVC Hosts Should Heed Our Warnings

We can’t stress ladder safety enough especially during the holiday season as folks are hanging Christmas lights and dealing with cold weather, slippery rungs, and unstable ground but these QVC and infommercial hosts have the luxury of working in a TV studio and they still can’t get it right.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters are a necessity in homes or offices where you need a more personalized temperature control that you just can’t get right through central heat or don’t have the ability to turn the air down (office buildings). But when using a heating element you should always be cautious and […]

10 Tips for Ladder Safety

10 Tips for Ladder Safety

The autumn/winter season provides ample opportunities to use a ladder. Whether you’re clearing leaves from gutters, checking insulation, or hanging Christmas lights, you’ll need a longer reach that a ladder provides. The first tip to properly using a step ladder is to determine the correct ladder for the job. Unfortunately […]