I’m all screwed up!

Ok, your catching on….that’s right, this week we are picking out some basic screwdrivers.
Now not for “nothin"…as they say….this was informative but not that interesting…None the less…we deliver what we promise and once again we are on the hunt. Frankly I never knew there was so much to know about a flipping screwdriver…but then again I usually only use one when I don't want to break a nail or ruin a fresh manicure….did someone say spoiled? Nick set me straight…(well, at least I least I let him think so)

Different Screws, different screwdrivers. This is something that was completely foreign to me as a young single gal living alone in my 20’s. I had one large straight, slotted type with a broken handle and when that didn’t work I went straight for the butter knife. Oh how times have changed….…married to a handyman and couple of drawers full of screwdrivers later. I would imagine we have a screw driver for literally anything (if there is something that we don’t have one for…I don’t even want to know what it is!)
So, the 2 most popular types, the slotted and the phillips head. There is also a star shaped one…luckily I have never had the opportunity to see such a screw.
There happens to be an excellent solution to this quandary. They have very reasonably priced sets with all different types of heads and handles They also have kit with a universal handle that has interchangeable working ends Check them out:

STANLEY 91-541 Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set, 8-Piece

or

Lutz 15-in-1 Ratchet Screwdriver-YELLOW/BLACK

My pick? Neither….call my husband. Nick’s pick for the self-sufficient home owner.  The Lutz.  Not only does he recommend it....he has used one for years.

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If I had a hammer

I am pretty sure I would not hammer in the morning, but if I had to I would want a perfect hammer. Is the type of hammer you buy really that important? It is like anything else, do a little research and then you get what you pay for (informed consumer….really? is that why I am paying five bucks for a coffee at Starbucks??? Ok, onward and upward.) I recently spent some time with my super hero handyman, Nick at Home Depot. His Idea of a date….hmmm.

I actually found it rather interesting and certainly informative. This information and is for picking out a good “claw” hammer. Who knew that what a hammer is made of and how much it weighs really affects it’s efficiency. In todays world everything is electronic, computerized and has lots of moving parts. These tools that we will be reviewing are pretty simple and count on human energy and accuracy to use them.
The first thing you want to look for is the material that it is made of….wood vs. fiberglass. Wood seems to be the logical choice, but it will not absorb the vibrations from the pounding as well as a fiberglass and usually the fiberglass handles have an extra sleeve on them that also help absorbs some of the shock to your hand.
The next thing is the weight. Nick was very definitive about this…16oz is the way to go. He said that weight gives you enough power without extra fatigue to your arm, wrist and hand.
The price is the last aspect and we found that the cost was less for a wood type.  A wood handled 16oz claw hammer runs $6.00-$7.00. While a fiberglass “Plumb” brand 16oz is around $9.50. Our pick? the Plumb brand 16 oz.
So you be the judge. Keep in mind a hammer is not something you buy often or even more than once, as long as you don’t lose it. And hey the price of the fiberglass hammer will get you a cup of coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.

Tool Box Reviews

Our aim is to be an informative guide to help people choose the proper tools for their home repairs.  We hope we are filling a need to all those home owners and weekend handy people who are trying to keep up with all the small repairs and maintenance chores that consume your “days off”.  The right tools make a huge difference.  So we have a bit of advice …..invest in a few, basic, good quality tools.

Have you tried to tightened a screw with a kitchen knife?  How about pounding a nail in with the heel of a shoe?  No?  I’m not so sure I believe you 🙂  Follow along and each week we will try to bring you some info about tools and their basic uses. We may not always be right, but you can rest assure that whatever info we give will be culled from real and varied experiences from Nick at All Things Repaired.  He has many many years of experience as a hands on repairman.  As one young man who was a helper said…”oh your one of those…. you do a little bit of everything…..very few of your type left…they broke the mold.”
We try to give you well rounded and useful information.  Keep in mind that you need to determine if you are qualified to perform the task at hand prior to proceeding. If you think you need further help we recommend you seek out an expert. Hiring a plumber, carpenter, or electrician might save you time and money in the long run. Always check the credentials and record of anyone you hire. Keep in mind many things require a license, permits and inspections.  You should contact your local building department for governmental requirements.

When a repairman’s appliance breaks?!

Ok,  Our 2 year old Samsung washer pooped out this weekend.  Are you kidding…2 years old.   Nick being repairman exdraordinaire takes a look.  This was Friday evening.  Now it is Sunday afternoon and Nick being the obsessive mechanical nut that he is, just got it fixed.  I do believe he read every review and comment on these crummy washers that have been written.  He never came up with a fix on all those posts.  Me, being the overy responsible wife…of course declared my innocence.  I did extensive research before we bought the new washer.  Apparently the reviews can’t always be trusted and don’t reflect normwal wear and tear for 24 months.  It was rated well 2 years ago and now there are hundreds of disgruntled constomers.  I will post Nick’s long post to Samsung and his eventual solution and repair on our “Questions and Solutions” page.  But the lesson to this story is don’t believe everything you read about new appliances…… and if you want to salvage a bit of the weekend….suggest Mission Impossible…you will at least get a Saturday night date out of the deal….and of course a repaired Washing Machine by Sunday.  Yay! I get to do Laundry Sunday night but FYI….Mission Impossible was a really fun movie!