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Security Tips

A house holds a lot of valuable items. Most importantly, it holds you and your family. If you are looking to beef up the security system in and around your home, here are 10 tips provided by DIY Network:

1) A knob lock is not enough. Top locks and deadbolts are much more secure.
2) A heavy-duty lock on a light-duty door does not work. Door strength is important.
3) A dead lock with a throw bolt is effective.
4) Dogs of dog-imitating alarms ward off intruders.
5) Motion sensors scare criminals.
6) Internet-based security camera systems are great tools.
7) Get a safe to store valuables in.
8) Secondary locks (Such as deadbolts on the interior) are important.
9) Alarms scare people away.
10) Do not obstruct your windows with bushes or shrubs. They will help a burglar go unseen.

If you have any home security tips of your own, please add them to the comments section. Even the smallest of steps can drastically improve a home’s security.

Photo courtesy of Dremel.

Sticky Situation

I don’t often use glue guns. They are typically a little too powerful for the small tasks I usually deal with. Instead I, go with a cheap glue stick because I would rather save the big daddy glue gun for a more important project, but then it ends up collecting dust for very long periods of time. The expanded Dremel Glue Gun line helps solve that problem. Three new sizes of guns (20, 40 and 60 watts) allow the full Dremel line to be applicable in a much wider range of projects. The smallest gun in the line, the Dremel 1225 Glue Gun (20 watts), holds 7mm glue sticks. This one is just right for small tasks and only costs $15.99. The largest model (Dremel’s original) is 80 watts and costs $24.99. All the guns have several anti-burn features, such as built-in stands and anti-drip tips. Now that you can choose a size that fits your need, these Dremel glue guns seem like great purchases and very useful tools.

Tips for Remodeling Your Basement

Our basement used to be a scary place. I knew that the hot water heater could be found down there, but I wasn’t quite sure what other creatures I might stumble across. Thankfully, we decided to clean it out and completely remodel it. Here are some steps that we took and some tips that might help you during the remodeling process.

First, decide what you want to turn your basement into. Ask yourself if you need more living space, a game room, an office, a hobby room, etc. Then, plan as if this project were a small version of a home, and determine the answers to questions like: When will you have time to work on the remodel? How much space do you have to work with? What jobs will you need a contractor for?.

After you have planned the project and begun working, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the big changes. Don’t forget about these two details, though!
1) It’s hard to enjoy your new room if it doesn’t have a good heating/cooling system.
2) You might need new storage space for whatever used to be in your basement. For us, the basement worked best as a game room/entertainment center. The main goal, though, is to transform your basement into something useful. It might have taken a lot of work, but we were able to achieve that with our basement. Now I can hardly stand to leave it. For more examples and information about basement renovation, check out more articles and videos here.

The “Ubiquitous” living room has a 103-inch, multi-functional plasma TV.

Home of the Future

Panasonic’s newly released concepts for home design would excite even the Jetsons. The technology involved is truly amazing. Panasonic has already built a working model of their concept home in Tokyo, which is open to the public. Here are just a few of the amenities that it boasts:

-A bed that senses your decreased heart rate when you fall asleep. The TV and lights then power off.
-Office with a facial recognition security system and a 70-inch screen for web conferencing.
-Earthquake-proof steel frame.
-Home Energy Management System (HEMS) that reduces energy consumption by 30 percent.

If you know of any other cool new designs or would like to know more about Panasonic’s concept home, let us know by leaving a comment.

Replace your old faucet with this Moen Vivid faucet to update the look of your bathroom. Photo courtesy of Moen.

3 Quick and Easy Bathroom Upgrades

Bathrooms don’t look brand-new forever. They go through a lot of wear and tear and need some TLC every once in a while. Here are three great ways to brighten it a bit.

1) Clean the mineral deposits in the sinks, tubs, etc. A mixture of borax and lemon juice works great or you can buy a specialty cleaner.
2) Replace the faucets with some shiny new ones. It will work wonders.
3) Cut out old caulk, clean out any mildew or scum you can see, and apply new caulk.

These are some basic steps, but they can really help transform your bathroom. All three steps can cost as little as $50 and only take 3 to 4 hours total. The next few steps would be to apply a new coat of paint and some different light fixtures. If you have any more tips or hints to add about upgrading a bathroom, you can leave them in the comments section below.

Remodeling Your Bathroom

Remodeling an entire bathroom is very intimidating to me. A shiver runs down my spine when I think about plumbing, tiling and wiring all at once. I need a handy little guide to avoid backing down from such a project. If you are like me, then take a look at this beginner’s guide entitled “10 Steps to a New Bathroom”. It takes you through each stage of the process. On our site, there are detailed videos on more specific jobs in a bathroom. Our Step by Step How To videos include everything from installing a showerhead to replacing a toilet. Even if you only need a few tips here and there, our database has helpful hints that even the most die-hard do-it-yourselfers have not heard before.

Geothermal Home Energy

Energy is a hot topic these days. It seems like we are always talking about how high the cost of living is and how nice it would be if we could find alternate sources of energy. Well, now we have the technology for at least one more option for energy in our homes. According to WaterFurnace International Inc., geothermal energy (stored solar energy in the ground) is available to millions of homeowners; all homeowners need is a little “earth” to work with, such as their backyard. Geothermal systems can even be bought off the shelf. It does cost twice as much to install a geothermal unit instead of conventional heating and cooling systems, but the geothermal units are four times more energy-efficient. This renewable resource can cut your energy bill significantly, and homeowners are not the only ones noticing. In August, Google announced that it was investing $10 million in “enhanced” geothermal systems, which it labeled as one of the most promising forms of renewable energy. The same day, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced an alternative energy plan for New York City.

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