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Drill Bits – An Overview

Drill bits are cutting tools utilized in drill machines to make cylindrical holes. Oftentimes the bit itself is referred to as the drill. Drills are very handy for tasks around the home such as installing fixtures or putting up shelves, which would necessitate the drilling of holes.  Drill bits can be used in drilling holes on a number of materials including metal, wood, plastics etc.

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Double Pane Windows -An Introduction

The growing consciousness of the need for energy efficiency has driven home the importance of revolutionizing the home construction industry. One consequence has been the increasing replacement of single pane windows with double pane windows. Double pane windows consist of two glass panels, which face each other, and are set in a single frame. The two glass panels are separated from each other by a small gap of approximately half of an inch. Sometimes the gap between the glass panels is filled with a non-toxic gas such as argon, which enhances the insulating property of double pane windows. They are also called double glazed windows.

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Reducing Electricity Costs – Making Use of Solar Power

Electricity usage is practically a necessity in this modern age. As such, you can be sure of a recurring electricity bill. It only makes sense therefore to reduce this expense as much as possible without having to necessarily deprive yourself of comforts you might have gotten used to. It may come as a surprise just how many ways there are to accomplish this. In this entry, we will consider the use of solar power.

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Sohodecor 2 Pack Single Colors Iridescent Stainless Steel Solar Garden Lights

If you are thinking of enhancing the decor of your garden, you should consider taking advantage of stainless steel solar garden lights. The Sohodecor 2 pack single colours iridescent set is an example that will be the focus here. The stainless steel not only gives it an elegant appearance, but is also weather resistant, thereby making it fit for outdoor use. As these lights are solar powered, you don’t have to worry about incurring any additional electricity costs.

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Stainless Steel Solar Landscape Light with 7 Colors (2 Pack)

This product comes with two lamps that change through seven colors. These stainless steel solar garden lights are ideal for the garden. As they use a new type of LED technology, they are expected to last longer in terms of running time, than normal solar lights. Being very colorful, they make for a beautiful display in your yard, and are ideal for festive occasions. Each color changes approximately every second. Since they are stainless steel, they are resistant to corrosion, which is what you want for outdoor lights. These solar lights are easy to install, as they do not require any wiring, or special tools. It really is just a matter of deciding where to place them, and sliding or twisting pieces together. These lights have a sensor that detects when it is getting dark, and so will switch on automatically. Each light can last up to 10 hours, but the battery (AA size) need to be charged fully. A Ni-Cad rechargeable battery is included. These stainless steel solar landscape lights feature an ultra-bright white LED bulb, that as mentioned before, should last longer than regular solar lights.

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Homebrite Copper Garden Landscape Solar Light

The product lists in online stores as, Homebrite Copper Garden Landscape Solar Light with Natural Warm Light, 30865, Small, Rockwell, Set of 12, Copper. This set of 12 stainless steel solar garden lights come with a brush copper finish, making them not only resistant to corrosion, but also attractive in appearance. They are useful for lighting up your yard or garden, or providing lighting for your driveway. They are very energy efficient, as they use Natural warm light LEDs in conjunction with an improved solar panel that gives twice as much luminousity, but uses less energy. The LEDs are ultra bright and can last up to one hundred thousand hours. The rechargeable Ni cad battery which is included, can last up to 2 years before the need for replacement. It comes with an automatic sensor that detects dusk and dawn so that the light can be switched on and off automatically at the appropriate times. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to turn off your light. These solar lights are easy to install, as they require no wiring. Each light is 5x5x15.5 inches.

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Solar Power, Outdoor Solar Landscape Path Lights, Stainless Steel Pack of 12

This stainless steel pack of 12 solar lights are ideal for illuminating your garden and pathways. As they are solar powered, you can enjoy the lighting without incurring additional electricity expense. The light given off has been described by customers, as bluish. With this set of stainless steel solar garden lights, you can use them for lighting up (or at least accenting) a walkway,or using them creatively around trees or plants, that can really enhance the aesthetics of your garden.

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Stainless Steel Solar Garden Lights

Solar garden lights have been covered to some extent in other articles on this site (see for eg. solar patio lights and solar yard lights). The focus of this entry will be on the stainless steel variety of outdoor solar lights.

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Solar Deck Lights – Moonrays 95021 Solar Powered Plastic Post Side Lamp Light, Bronze

This bronze plastic post side lamp is ideal for lighting up your deck. It is a Coleman Cable brand.

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Carbide Drills (Bits and Tips) – An Introduction

Carbide drills are among the best types of drills one can get in terms of durability and cutting ability. The tungsten carbide drill is the most common, and is generally just referred to as a carbide drill. There are however other types aside from tungsten. These drills are made of material that is very hard and strong, and so are able to drill into just about any kind of material, even high density ones like stainless steel. They are however fairly expensive compared to their steel counterparts. Carbide drills also have other advantages, which we will look into. Read the rest of Carbide Drills (Bits and Tips) – An Introduction »

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The Benefits of Inflatable Hot Tubs

Hot tubs or jacuzzis are luxury items which provide tremendous benefits such as hydrotherapy or just simply for relaxation after a hard day at work. In this entry we will learn about the benefits of a special type of hot tub, called the inflatable hot tub, while highlighting some of the advantages they have over the regular fixed ones. Read the rest of The Benefits of Inflatable Hot Tubs »

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Solar Yard Lights – Exploring Your Options

Solar yard lights provide a variety of options for lighting up your landscape, whether for security purposes, or just plain aesthetics. As they operate using energy derived from sunlight, they do not contribute to your electricity bill. They are easy to install, and generally do not require wiring. Solar energy is considered green so this is another benefit to using outdoor solar lights. There are suitable solar lights available for each part of your yard (front or back), whether it be the garden, lawn or paths and driveways. We will explore some of the options available for lighting up your yard.

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Egg Rings – A handy kitchen gadget

There are an endless number of kitchen gadgets and devices on the market. One that is not often mentioned is the egg ring. Egg rings are used to perfect the shape of egg dishes such as omelets. Egg rings are generally made from non-stick metal, specifically stainless steel. In general they have a round base attached to a handle. The handle makes it easy to retrieve the egg ring from the frying pan once the egg is cooked. Egg rings are placed into a frying pan and then the egg mixture is poured into the round base. When the egg is cooked the egg ring is removed from the frying pan and the egg is simply released into a dish. The cooked egg should have a perfectly round shape (if using a round egg ring). Read the rest of Egg Rings – A handy kitchen gadget »

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The Legal Issues Of Raising Chickens At Home

Have you ever considered the thought of keeping chickens as pets at home? Normally, folks would go with the traditional dog, cat, gold fish or hamster as household pets. Oftentimes when one thinks of raising chickens, one will imagine a farm in the outskirts of somewhere like Arkansas. It is quite unusual for people to keep chickens as pets in the urban area.

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Solar Patio Lights -Your Learning Resource

Are solar patio lights worth buying or are they a waste of money as some say? Are they bright enough to light up your patio? How long do they last? Do they need to be placed in the sunlight to be effective? These questions regarding solar lights for the patio, and more will be addressed here. Read the rest of Solar Patio Lights -Your Learning Resource »

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Garden Hose Holders

Garden hose holders really should be as common as garden hoses, which are standard implements in many homes. Garden hoses are necessary tools to water our plants and lawns in order to keep them looking lush and beautiful. They are also convenient for chores such as washing cars and for cleaning those hard to reach areas that need a steady gush of water. However, while most persons will purchase a garden hose, not everyone automatically thinks to purchase a garden hose holder as well. But it makes sense to also get a hose holder.

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Triple Pane Windows -What To Know

What is a Triple Pane Window?

Windows generally come in either single pane, double pane or triple pane. A triple pane window is simply a window that has an exterior, middle and interior pane, with a layer of gas (usually argon or krypton, though sometimes air) between the middle pane and the other two panes. As such triple pane windows are very energy efficient, moreso than the other window types. That is, they greatly reduce loss of heat from inside, and the transmission from outside to inside. In other words, when the time is hot, the heat from outside will not easily seep into your home or building through these windows. Similarly, when it is cold, the heat inside your home will not easily leak out through these windows.

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DIY: Make Your Own Air Conditioner

An earlier post explored some ways to cool down your house during the summer without AC.  The problem with air conditioners, is that they tend to use a lot of electricity, thereby increasing the utility bill. I came across this video which shows how you can make your own air conditioner (AC), and so thought it would be a good addition to this section, as it might do the trick of providing the cooling you desire without incurring as much expense as having a real AC.

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Security For Sliding Glass Doors

I guess my mind has been on sliding glass doors recently. This time I want to say something about securing sliding glass doors. From researching sliding glass doors, I have come to realise that there is a lot of attention given to the matter of securing them. Apparently thieves see them as a point of vulnerability, and so will target them.

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How To Clean Your Patio Awning Without Taking It Down

Ever had an awning for your patio or elsewhere that needed cleaning, but was just too much trouble to take down?  Maybe you haven’t, but I certainly had this problem.

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