Why is my basement damp? (With illustrations)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

Are damp basements inevitable? As I went house hunting last month, I saw one basement that was very humid and I went online to try and find out why basements get damp. There are three main culprits for damp basements. Concrete channels water inside our homes by capillarity -- fancy term for water travelling through Read More »

How to hang Drywall on walls By Yourself

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

Cover your walls quickly and inexpensively with drywall. It’s easy to hang and finish, and you even get to cover up your mistakes! You‘re pretty sure to come out a winner when taking on that drywall project, whether it's repairing a water damaged wall, building a new closet, or finishing your basement. Drywall is (Almost) Read More »

Add a Sunspace room

Posted in Home Improvement on June 14, 2018

If you are planning to add a room to the south side of your house and have been considering a sunspace design, here is what you need to know. Sunspace style rooms are an attractive and practical way to add space to your home. People use these rooms for everything from year-round garden/solariums, to a Read More »

Which home improvements are worth your money?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 13, 2018

So you just bought an older house and, naturally, you want to make it a better place to live, or suitable and attractive to rent. You are probably asking yourself which home improvements are the best investment. This is a very tough question to answer. Your best answers will come from real estate agents in Read More »

How much does a basement kitchen cost?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 10, 2018

Entertaining friends and family in the basement can be a great thing, however it gets old really fast when you need to climb up and down the stairs for the Nth time because you need to grab ice, or check the oven, and so on. How much can it cost to build a kitchen basement? Read More »

Find the most ERGONOMIC Workbench Height for you

Posted in Home Improvement on June 8, 2018

As I started designing my own workbench, I had to carefully think about an ideal workbench height. I could only find arbitrary numbers, but nothing specific for my own height. The ideal workbench height should be measured to your own needs. Your best reference is your body! Go get your work footwear and find what Read More »

Can you cut plywood with a jigsaw? (plus 3 other methods)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 8, 2018

Unless you publish a woodworking magazine or own a DIY YouTube channel, it is impossible to own every tool possible. The jigsaw, however, is a staple that should be present in every woodworking shop. It is especially useful for making curved cuts. But can you cut plywood without splintering? The short answer is YES. All Read More »

Warning: are Benchtop Jointers worth it? How can I use them?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 4, 2018

I do woodworking as a hobby and I want to take it up a notch. I recently decided my next tool purchase will be a jointer. My main issue is dealing with a very small shop, so I want something compact. A benchtop jointer is great for beginner or hobbist woodworkers or even professionals in Read More »

What Is The Best Benchtop Jointer? Read My 2018 Buying Guide And Reviews

Posted in Home Improvement on May 31, 2018

Flattening faces and squaring the edges of oversized, warped, rough lumber is a blessing for any woodworker. The truth is simple: the initial investment required to buy a jointer allows you to save money on lumber for years to come. My guide will compare current offers on the market, so you can take an informed Read More »

OBJECTIVE Drill Bit Set Comparison

Posted in Home Improvement on May 2, 2018

First Things First: Why Did I Decide To Write About Drill Bits? Have you ever felt frustrated using a cheap tool? While making a repair at home, have you ever been betrayed by a poor-quality screwdriver? Have you ever berated at a pair of pliers that gave up on you in the middle of a Read More »

OBJECTIVE Cordless Circular Saw Comparison

Posted in Home Improvement on April 26, 2018

While a circular saw is primarily seen as a construction tool, it has many uses in home improvement and woodworking. A circular saw gets used for almost everything -- home building, making kitchen cabinets, putting up fences, and so on. Such versatility makes it one of the first purchases a woodworker will make. In woodworking, Read More »

OBJECTIVE Cordless Drill-Driver Kit Comparison

Posted in Home Improvement on April 22, 2018

Every household needs a power drill, it is one of the most versatile tools you can have. You can use it for multiple jobs around the house such as hanging pictures and shelves, drilling accurate holes very fast, and even building simple pieces of furniture using a dowel jig or a pocket hole jig. And, Read More »

The Simple Tool Torque Unit Guide: MWO, UWO, in.lbs, and Nm

Posted in Home Improvement on April 21, 2018

Just so you understand where I am coming from, my MBTI personality type is INTJ. I am extremely rational and I do my best to make sense of everything around me that is minimally important. As I became interested in DIY and woodworking, I began to research hand tools and power tools. Then I saw Read More »

Best Shaver For Travelers - Philips Norelco 8900 S8950/90 Review

Posted in Personal Development on April 18, 2018

I chose this Philips Norelco because I wanted a cheap electric razor with self-cleaning function. I got that, plus smoothest shaves I have ever had. If you travel often like I do, you will also enjoy the travel case, the battery duration (I have used this shaver 10 days and the battery was still running Read More »

Best-est Rice Cooker EVAH: Zojirushi NP-NVC10

Posted in Kitchen on March 9, 2018

If you want the best rice flavor and you are in the market for a top-notch rice cooker and money is not an issue, then you found your perfect match. This Zojirushi makes use of all the best technology available today to deliver tasty and soft rice (without mushiness) each and every time. You get Read More »