Secrets of the ScrewWritten by Tim Tulethyme
I often see friends and fellow home-improvers using screws in their DIY efforts, and it never ceases to amaze me how hard some of these people find it to make a simple screw do what it's designed for. lets take a look at why. Of two basic types of screw (Phillips cross head and older 'traditional' slot head) Phillips is gaining ground rapidly, due mainly to fact that extra cross-slot means you can apply more force and thus drive it into denser materials. You need both types of screwdriver in your toolbox, because believe you me, nothing ruins a screwdriver faster than using it on wrong type of screw! But what type of screw to use? Let's focus on common plywood for a moment - a material we often use at www.homeimprovementor.com because of its cheapness and versatility. You use number 8 screws for plywood up to 5/8th of an inch thick. Between 1/2 an inch and 3/8ths of an inch, you need a number 6. above that, try a number 4.
To join 2 pieces of wood with a screw, follow these easy steps. Firstly, make a mark where you plan to do screwing. Position pieces together and fasten with a clamp or your mighty left hand. Depending on job, you may be able to use your body weight thru your knee to hold bits in place. If neither of these methods are practicable, and you intend to sit several screws, use first one as an effective 'clamp' by tightening it firm before you start other screws.
Emphasize Your Decor Style in Seven Easy Ways Written by Julie Dana
After searching decorating books, using trial and error decorating, and growing up a little bit, you have finally found style of decorating that you really love. Your style could be Arts & Crafts, French Country, Asian, or Metro Hip. If you are still searching for your style or want a second opinion on what your general home style really is, try taking fun style quiz on http:/www.thehomestylist.com/.
Now that you have identified a décor style, challenging part may now be to implement that style and make it substantial enough so others will notice. There are seven simple elements that will really help you emphasize this great look.
1. Choose a focal point that will reflect your décor style. This signature piece is usually most dominate item you see and sets tone of room. If this piece is not your specific style, room will not look its best. An example could be a beautiful Queen Anne armoire for a Classic Traditional style or a large rustic log mantel for Mountain Lodge look.
2. Use colors that are common to that specific style. Different décor styles are usually shown with a collection of colors that are prominent for that palette. Make sure your room has those colors. For example, French Country is well known for its pretty yellows and blues. Americana Style would not be same without red, white and blue.
3. Collect in a theme that emphasizes that style. Every ones needs a conversation piece or collection that demonstrates owner’s personality and interests. A collection also doesn’t need to be large just 3 to 5 objects. Ginger jars for Asian Décor or cute porcelain teapots to emphasize an English Garden style.