Putting Together a DIY Kit with Basic Home Tools from Your General Store

Today, many homeowners prefer to work on their own home improvement projects and so the DIY or Do-It-Yourself way of life is becoming increasingly popular. One of the possible reasons is that information and basic home tools are easily available at the local general store. If you are skilled with building trades like woodworking and can follow diagrams and instructions, it is a very good way to translate your know-how into making useful items for your home.

Use basic home tools to assemble “flat packs” or “knock-down” furniture with minimal effort. You can also choose to work on larger projects like walk-in closets, wall racks and mounts, or lawn and garden sets with a bit of expertise and high-power tools. Nowadays, it is easy to find tools that cater to more specific tasks. While having the right tool for the job is a good thing, it is more practical to look through your local general store to stock the bare essentials first.

Hammers are available in different forms and sizes, but a good claw hammer made from forged steel is one of your basic home tools that can be a versatile addition to your collection. When choosing hammers, ensure that the side of the head that is used for pounding is a straight, smooth or textured surface. A ball-pein hammer has a side with a rounded surface and is mostly used for metalwork. Screwdrivers and drills come with a wide range of head styles, the flat and the Phillips-head being the most popular. As the screws come in different sizes, a set is preferable. Another option is to look through a general store for an electric screwdriver with interchangeable bits. Opt for a cordless drill as that can allow you to work more efficiently. Cordless drills that come with both drill and screwdriver bits are a good inclusion in your DIY kit.

A lot of ready-to-assemble furniture like racks and computer tables come with bolts and nuts that need to be screwed in using a “hex key” or Allen wrench. As hex screws are very popular, having a set of chrome vanadium wrenches is ideal but an adjustable spanner/wrench will be enough. Other essentials that should be a part of your DIY kit are wood saws, tape measures, levels and pliers. Use a leather mason bag to keep all your tools organized and makes them easy to tote around.

Authors Profile: Martin Pitt is a certified interior designer and runs his own interior decoration consultancy. Martin especially loves decorating a home in wooden furniture and believes that nothing gives a home as warm and cozy a touch as all-wood furniture and decor. Martin loves reading up on new design ideas, and has a special interest in space saving techniques. Here Martin writes about general store and basic home tools.

How to improve your garden

Your garden should be a place for relaxation after a tiring week at work or a restless mind racing night. A garden should provide you with tranquillity, inspiration and most of all enjoyment for you and your family. Does your garden give you these things? You dont need a huge amount of space to create the garden of your dreams. You just need to think about what to do with the space that you have which will help you to relax and enjoy your garden all the time. There are lots of ways to transform your garden with lots of great garden products out there.

Purchasing wooden garden furniture is a great way to start improving your garden. Having good wooden garden furniture will provide you with comfort and keep inviting you back outside to relax outside. Wooden garden furniture can be made from different sorts of wood, like teak, oak, mahogany, and cane. These types of wood would be good for gardens that are uncovered as these woods are durable and waterproof, with Teak garden furniture being the most resistant to environmental factors.

Cane garden furniture is another type of furniture for your garden which is a light weight. This furniture is suitable for both outdoors and covered areas like in conservatories or under a gazebo. Cane garden furniture is easily maintained as it can be wiped and easily moved due to its light weight. It can also consist of hand made attractive accessories and coverings which make this furniture very beautiful and inviting.

If you have lots of plants and ornaments in your garden, conservatory or greenhouse it might be an idea to get some greenhouse staging. This is an easy to use timber two layered bench which improves the usability of your garden areas creating space. You can get two different types of staging there is the folding type, and the heavy duty greenhouse staging. The heavy duty staging offers you extra strength and capacity and is ideal for outdoor use.

Once you have brought your garden furniture its a great idea to look after it. Keeping an eye on your furniture for wear and tear and repairing it before becomes old looking, this will help keep your maintenance costs down. There are lots of garden furniture companies out there that will help you maintain your garden furniture to the best, and recommend products to protect your new relaxing furniture for many years.

Spanish Colonial Revival Style Architecture

Spanish revival architecture is hugely popular in California, and increasingly across the nation. The mission revival style and colonial revival styles grew in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, but people today still chose to emulate the Spanish style when building their homes and public establishments. Why do people continue to use this Spanish style? I argue that the Spanish colonial style represents the very beginnings of the United States on the west coast, and this time in the US history continues to spark peoples imaginations. The aesthetic elements are iconic, and people still commission architects to create the homes of their dreams in this style.

The Spanish Colonial Revival style was created in the United States in the 20th century, and it was sparked after the opening of the Panama Canal. The novel Ramona also had a great influence on the popularity of this architectural style. The early Spanish colonies of North and South America had their particular style of architecture brought from the homeland, and this style was them updated to accommodate the new century in the US. Between 1915 and 1931 this style was all the rage, and movie stars in Hollywood clamored to get their Hollywood hills homes built in this style. Mostly the single-level detached home saw this style. On a personal note, my own grandmother has one of these homes in California, and its pink!

The Spanish Colonial Revival style is very similar to the Spanish Mission Revival style, but with a few key differences. Its also similar to the pueblo styles of the west and southwest, and influenced as well by the arts and crafts movement that was the foundation of these architectural styles. The iconic use of smooth plaster, stucco walls, and chimney finishes, clay tile roofs, terra cotta and concrete ornaments is still a highly noticeable, recognizable style. Other elements include porches and balconies, and Roman arcades and fountains. Youll also see canvas awnings. The most important Spanish Revival architect in California was George Washington Smith who practiced during 1920s and 1930s. Perhaps his most famous house is the Steedman House in Montecito, CA, now a museum called the Casa del Herrero.

But there are other architects who took this Spanish style across the globe. Take for example a lovely Spanish Revival building in St. Louis, by the architect T.P. Barnett, son of George I. Barnett; another famous architect in St. Louis. The T.P. Barnett building is particularly interesting because it also has Art Deco influences, making it one of the most unique buildings in the Grand Center region of St. Louis. Certainly the next time youre in St. Louis, you need to visit this Spanish Revival building on Washington Avenue.

Plant Spirit Shamanism Pusanga an interview with perfumeros

The healing power of fragrance.

Plant spirit shamanism, perfume, aromatherapy, scent, incense, shamanism, shamans, healing, herbs, herbalism, love, pusanga, relationships, ayahuasca, magic, sorcery

Fragrance has long been associated with the arts of love. In Japan, Geisha girls priced their services according to the number of incense sticks consumed during love-making, while in Indian tantric rituals, men were anointed with sandalwood, and women with jasmine, patchouli, amber, musk, and with Saffron crushed and smeared beneath their feet. In Europe in the 17 and 1800s, the use of eau de Cologne became a widespread and fashionable trend, where the morning ritual in many homes began with its application before a suitor of either sex would call upon a lover. This blend of rosemary, neroli, bergamot and lemon was also used internally, mixed with wine, eaten on sugar lumps, even taken as an enema, to refresh the inner self and cleanse the spirit so that lovers could meet each other with a pure heart. But it is, perhaps, in Peru, that the magic of perfumed love has reached its highest skill, in the formulation of pusanga, which is often referred to as the love medicine of the Amazon, although it is far more than that. Specialists in the use of fragrance to change luck and attract good fortune are known as perfumeros. One such specialist is Artidoro. Another is Javier Aravelo, an ayahuasca shaman who also works with fragrance.

Artidoro, how did your involvement with perfumes begin? The story of my path of medicine began when I saw a brother-in-law who healed and chanted I used to watch how the curanderos worked. I loved listening to what they talked about, how they prepared their remedies, their canticos [magical chants, similar to icaros]. Then I went off on my own deep into the jungle, to know the plants little by little, to smell the leaves and roots of all the different medicines. I had no maestro to learn from so I dieted plants for a year and a half alone, and then I returned to the city. I used agua florida, timalina, camalonga, and dedicated myself to studying all about smells.

How do you use perfumes to help people now? I get people coming for help with family problems where the woman has gone away from the man or the man has gone away from his children.

Supposing the woman has gone off, I use pusanga to bring her back so that the family can consolidate again. I call the plant spirits which work for that pusanga plants such as renaco, huayanche, lamarosa, sangapilla, and I call her spirit back to her home. Or lets say the mama is here with me and the father is far away. I pull him back so he returns to his home. In a short time he will be thinking of his children and his wife, and he comes back.

I dont need to have the actual plants in front of me, I call their spirits. I make my own perfumes from plants, no chemicals. They have wonderful smells, and I chant at the same time as I rub them on the children and the woman. Then the man starts thinking or dreaming of them.

How to Build Home Made Power Plant

Would you like to find out more about the Home Made Power Plant guide, and whether or not you can really build your own sources of power at home? Having your own power sources at home can save a lot of money. I decided to get the Home Made Power Plant guide to learn how to build my own wind turbines and solar panels at home.

The Negatives: The book is not a perfect step by step example of exactly how to build the same solar panels and wind generators that the author, Frank Patrick, built. But, it does a better job at this than most of its competitors.

This informative manual will teach you how to cut your energy costs by up to 80%. It will also show you how it is possible to get your utility company to pay you, each month, for the surplus energy you generate. It is possible!

The manual also provides step-by-step instructions (photos included) on how to build your own solar and wind generators, for the unbelievable price of UNDER $200. Both of these generators will last a lifetime and will save you thousands of dollars, overall.

As the technology to mass produce cheap electrical power from the wind advances, wind power is expected to play a much larger role in energy production. Nuclear power plants are also expected to contribute to more energy production than in the past. As the world strives to reduce it’s dependence on fossil fuels, the future looks brighter than ever for renewable energy sources.

Working with wood and metal to build specified objects can be rewarding and fun. Actually, you can construct and install equipment for approximately $200 which will produce sufficient energy to run each of your residential appliances. With a well-constructed wind generator, a good 20 mph breeze is enough to let you produce extra electricity. What’s left can be stored and made useful when the wind is weak. Owning a power plant means always having electricity.

Frank Patrick, the creator of Home Made Power Plant, said that those bonus were available just the day of my order, but they are still now available, so no need to worry about that: I think they will be available for many months. I took one and a half day to build the solar panel following the Home Made Solar Plant’s plan. It wasn’t such easy to build, but it wasn’t difficult. Well, think that I’m an alternative energy researcher, a scientist, not an engineer! However, after less than 2 days, I was able to make my solar panel work.

A lot of people who bought this guide thought that the construction of an electricity generator will take a lot of time. However, they were able to finish everything in just a few hours. All the instructions and illustrations on the plan were so easy to follow. We hope that this Home Made Power Plant review was able to convince you about the benefits of an electricity generator system built by you yourself.