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Home Living : April 10th 2012
MB HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5 DO IT YOURSELF LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS RIGHT TOOLS ARE ESSENTIAL Janita Singh It's vital to have the right tools for all those jobs at home. DO It Yourself (DIY) and home renovation projects are becoming increasingly popular. Home owners of today like to take charge of projects they can easily do themselves instead of paying someone. Anything from home reno- vation, kitchen reconstruction, plumbing, electrical, house paint- ing and decorating can be tackled. But before jumping into any new project, it's essential to make sure you have the right tools. Here are the top 10 tools Trojan toolmakers suggest homeowners store in their shed. 1. Hammer it home Whether it's to hang a picture frame, remove nails from decking or demolishing bathroom tiles, a basic hammer is a must. 2. Screw loose? Necessary for assembling most projects, always have screw- drivers on hand to tighten screws. 3. Measure up From building a book cabinet to measuring the space to fit a fridge in your kitchen, a tape measure helps improve the accuracy of preparation for any DIY project and comes in different sizes. 4. Need to get a grip? Mostly referred to as the holding tool, pliers can be used for cutting, twisting or gripping wire or cable. 5. A set of chisels Variety of uses from carving wood to cutting stone or metal. 6. Utility knife Can be used to mark cut lines, trim plastic or wood materials, cut tape, cord, strapping, cardboard and more. 7. Combination square A multi-purpose tool necessary for versatile and accurate results. 8. Drive bolts An allen key is used to drive a particular type of screw or bolt known as a socket head cap screw which has a recessed hexagonal head. 9. Adjustable wrenches Use a wrench to tighten or loosen bolts. 10. Toolbox Find tools easily and keep them safe, rust-free and organised. Visit trojantools.com.au or call FH Prager customer service on 1300 657 300. Available from Bunnings, Trojan hand tools start from $1.59. DIY IS A BARREL OF FUN WITH TOM DIY projects around the home are always challenging. That's why television celebrity Tom Williams has put together a book of easy projects. Tom says replacing that old letter box or finishing that painting project is as easy as one, two, three in his book, DIY Around The Home: Easy Projects For The Weekend. Here's one: creating a wine barrel pot to plant flowers or use as a stand or table. Tools: orbital sander; pliers; hammer; cordless drill and drill bits; paintbrush; rivet gun with stainless steel rivets; steel brush. Material: sandpaper; marine grade varnish; black spray paint; newspaper. Get a couple of wine barrels, making sure they have all the metal hoops around the girth. 1. Place the barrel upright and remove the top set of hoops. 2. To make two squatter planter boxes, mark the middle and cut the barrel in half at this stage with a power saw. 3. Sand the wood exterior. Apply marine grade varnish to top. 4. Scrub the metal hoops well with the steel brush before wash- ing them in soapy water. 5. Rest the hoops on newspaper and spray paint, then place over the barrel, fixing each in place with stainless steel rivets. Specialists in the supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Call today for your free measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email email@example.com www.betaview.com.au 2033895 14/2 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: SOUTHWEST 60% OFF* UP TO HOP INTO EASTER WITH 29098 • VERTICALS • VENETIANS • ROMANS • ROLLERS • PANEL GLIDES • SHUTTERS • AWNINGS PHONE NOW FOR YOUR FREE MEASURE AND QUOTE. SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) FREE quotes ALL suburbs Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE CARPORTS + AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS 0( WWW AUSTEKHOMEIMPROVEMENTS COM AU !SK ABOUT OUR ./ ).4%2%34 %6%2 4ERMS &2%% $%3)'. 15/4% -ASTER "UILDER ,IC .O C 2094645 10/4 All pergolas and carports over 30m2 will receive $1000 cash back APRIL SALE! FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1
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