• The Home Handyman Relaunched

    home handyman diyHome Handyman DIY magazine bounces back!  0

    We are pleased to announce a new publisher for The Home Handyman Magazine which will be relaunched as a bi-monthly magazine with the April edition going on sale in retail outlets soon!

    WJ Lindeque cc trading as BB Print (who also publish SA Bass Magazine) are the new owners, and will be taking on some of Home Handyman Magazine’s well known and popular writers like Denis Lock and Gina Hartoog et al. Gareth Greathead re-joins as Editor and a team of dedicated and passionate staff are being assembled to bring you the articles, advice and guidance on DIY and home improvements that have come to be expected from this stable.

    We hope you will join us on this new journey and be part of the Home Handyman DIY and home improvement community.

    Distribution and readership

    Published independently by WJ Lindeque cc based in Pretoria, the magazine has a print order of 6,000 copies which are distributed nationally and sold through chain stores, hardware centres, CNA, garage shops and selected retailers.   0

    The magazine is also available on subscription and has a substantial subscriber database. During 2012, The Home Handyman magazine launched a digital version for online subscriptions, available for download at http://www.homehandyman.co.za/

    The Home Handyman magazine caters for readers in the LSM 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 market by providing information for keen do-it-yourselfers and home improvers across southern Africa.   0

    Editorial
    Editorial includes new products for DIY’ers, along with projects, home improvement ideas and expert advice. Features include woodworking projects and innovative ideas for home maintenance, decor and renovation.

    Expert advice from various fields (such as adhesives, abrasives, power tools, welding, plumbing, paint, lighting, waterproofing, wood, and metalworking), provides readers with simple, cost-effective solutions and methods in a series of practical, step-by-step features that are comprehensively illustrated. All projects feature local products and metric measurements, making the ideas easy to implement.

    Top five reasons to advertise within The Home Handyman magazine

    1. The Home Handyman magazine is the only bi-monthly DIY magazine catering for the spectrum of home improvers, DIY enthusiasts, wood and metalworkers, hobbyists, craftsmen, small building contractors and tradesmen in southern Africa.

    2. It has a dedicated team qualified to deliver a quality publication.

    3. The loyal readership base is reflected by the high percentage of subscribers and continuous flow of reader projects submitted to the magazine for publication.    0

    4. A highly successful forum has been established whereby readers have their queries answered by a panel of experts. This lively section and a high response to competitions and give-aways reflect the passionate interest shown by readers in this magazine.  0

    5. Research shows that each issue is kept as a reference source in the special Home Handyman binders which many readers purchase, thereby giving lasting exposure to advertiser’s products.

     

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  • Two Sides to Every Power Tool Two Sides to Every Power Tool

    Two Sides to Every Power Tool

    The Great Debate: Corded or Cordless Power

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    The Great Debate: Corded or Cordless Power ToolsTwo Sides to Every Power Tool. What is best: corded or cordless tools? It’s a debate that has been going on since cordless power tools first hit the scene. Each side has its own reasons for preferring one over the other. Of all the features they offer, which are the most important? Is range of motion more important than reliability? Are the best cordless tools still inferior because they need a charged battery to operate? Are corded tools less reliable because of the wear and tear that cords endure? What are the real differences between the two? 0

    Cordless Power Tools

    Pros

    Battery Life 0
    Two Sides to Every Power Tool. Almost every power tool on the market these days comes with a lithium-ion battery. These batteries are capable of holding a lot of power that doesn’t diminish over time if the tool is not in use. They are made to be lightweight, helping to reduce worker fatigue. Your battery should also be interchangeable with your other power tools— a convenience for when you might need it.

    Portability 0 
    Since it has no cord and you don’t have to rely on a secondary power source, cordless tools offer greater flexibility and portability. When working on several projects or in tight spaces, cordless tools allow you to maneuver and move about freely without the hazard of tripping or tangling a cord. This portability is a clear advantage for any mobile business or contractors that need to move about frequently on job sites.

    Storage 0
    In addition to their portability, cordless power tools are typically easier to store than corded ones. Things like cordless drills, saws and impact drivers can be placed in drawers, on shelves and typically come with individual storage containers to house the tool and its accompanying batteries.

    Cons

    Loss of Power
    Even the best battery is going to run out of power at some point. This means setting your tools down while your batteries recharge and potentially losing valuable work time. Because you and your workers are human, it’s also possible (even probable) that someone will forget to charge a battery after his or her shift or lose a battery altogether. Cordless power tool performance also starts to suffer as the power gets drained. That means your tools aren’t going to offer the same heft at the end of your shift (or day, or week, depending on how much you use it) as they did at the beginning.

    Bulk and Heft
    With the convenience of an attached battery, comes extra weight and bulk. While most lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, the weight does depend on the tool and the voltage to power larger devices. With more power comes more weight, with a 18V power drill weighing upwards of 10lbs. Holding cordless tools all day can cause strain and fatigue, though they offer the mobility you need.

    Best Cordless Tools

    With their frequent use and variety of use cases, drills are great cordless tools. Similarly, the handheld nature of impact drivers and impact wrenches makes cordless the perfect option for these mobile-friendly tools. Two Sides to Every Power Tool

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    Pro

    Battery Life
    The best thing about corded power tools is that they are hooked up to a continuous power supply, so they never run out of power. Their performance will not suffer as a cordless tool will once the battery starts getting drained. Corded power tools will almost always be able to offer greater torque than a cordless tool performing the same function. This means that some tools that require a high amount of torque may not be available in a cordless option, or will not be sufficient for the job.

    Cons

    Lack of Convenience
    You know that job site that was supposed to be wired last Thursday? It’s still not wired, and you have no electrical to hook your tools up to. You could lug a generator to the site, but that is bulky, inconvenient and an extra expense. And if you are working on someone else’s site, as many contractors do, you have to rely on their power to do your job. Two Sides to Every Power Tool

    Restricted Mobility 0
    The cord can also restrict your mobility, as it keeps you tethered to the wall—even if you are using an extension cord. Power cords also create a tripping hazard that you wouldn’t otherwise have. Additionally, with power saws and routers, cords need to be kept out of the blade line as they can potentially be cut, rendering the tool useless.

    Difficult to Store
    Because of the cord, corded tools can be a challenge to store, and many contractors and managers have to get creative in how they store and keep corded tools from being damaged. Wide shelves, fasteners, and deep storage bins are all options to store corded power tools to ensure cords remain intact.

    Best Corded Tools

    The biggest advantage of corded power tools is their continuous power and torque to get the job done. When you need to cut through dense materials, corded tools like circular saws, jig saws, and reciprocating saws need the benefit of consistent power. Two Sides to Every Power Tool

    The Cord Champion Is…

    That really depends on what you’re doing. While corded power tools offer the most in the way of reliability and sustained power, they are no match for cordless tools when it comes to maneuverability and convenience. The best cordless tools will last a long time before their power starts to fade. However, until they can provide the same power-every-time-no-matter-what reliability that a corded tool will always have, the debate will rage on.

    Sources:

    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/tools/cordless-vs-corded-tools

    http://diy.skiltools.com/tips-and-techniques/corded-vs-cordless-drills-whats-the-best-choice

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  • Carpentry tools, tools every man should have Tools every man should have

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    Tools every man should have. If you’re like me, you not only enjoy working with power tools, but you also appreciate having the right one for the right job. Here are a little tidbit power tool enthusiasts, like myself, keep to themselves. We hate lending out our tools. So stop asking to borrow them and get some of your own.

     One of two things usually happens when I do lend out my tools: most people don’t have the decency to return them once they’re finished and then I have to chase after them in order to finish my own projects, or worse, they’re returned damaged. (tools every man should have)

    That’s when problems start. How do you ask your buddy to replace the R5000 cordless drill he damaged, especially when he claims he can get a different model for half the price? You see, most people who borrow tools usually don’t appreciate them enough to know their value and that’s why we hate letting others use them.

    I used to be on the other side of the fence, always using my father’s tools while living at home or borrowing my brother’s tools after I moved out on my own. I never really understood all the fuss he made about lending me his tools until I actually bought expensive ones myself.

    I started buying tools because when I was a young man, my brother told me, “I don’t mind occasionally lending you my tools, but you have to start buying some tools of your own. They can be expensive, so start buying them now before you get married and the budget gets tight.”

    And that’s exactly what I did. Fast forward a few years and I now own all the power tools a man can dream of, and I did it before my wife came into the picture.

    Believe me, once you get your hands on your own top-of-the-line tools, you’ll never want to lend them out, and you’ll finally understand why your neighbor always grunts when you ask to borrow his grinder.

    So what tools should you get? Here is my list of essential shop tools every man should own.

    12. Power-Hand Plane 0

    Hand planes are used for removing very thin layers of wood, trimming and smoothing, straightening edges or beveling them, and even adding a groove. This is the perfect tool for fitting any type of door.

    11. Small Angle Grinder 0

    A grinder is commonly used for grinding. Gee, thanks there, genius! Okay, more specifically, you can use it to sharpen, polish, cut ceramic tiles (using the proper blades), and remove paint and rust.

    10. Table Saw

    Also referred to as a bench saw, it is good for general hobby and repair projects. It can crosscut rip, groove, cut dadoes, miter, make moldings, groove, bevel, and sand stock.

    9. Orbital Palm Sander

    Cut your sanding time in half and save your wrist for other pleasurable activities by using an orbital palm sander for small jobs. This is the perfect all-around sanding tool to restore or repair delicate pieces. Use it for rough or finish work on furniture, ceilings, walls, floors, or other woodwork.

    8. Compound Miter Saw

    It sure beats using the old wooden box that allowed you to cut wood with a hand saw at angles of (typically) 45 and 90 degrees. It is commonly used in order to get precisely angled cuts for all framing jobs.

    7. Reciprocating Saw

    One of my favorites, it is generally used for remodeling and demolition work. Use it to cut openings in existing walls or with the right blade, it can also rough-cut leather, green wood, rubber, metal, linoleum, and plastic, tools every man should have.

    6. Rotary Tools

    This versatile tool is commonly used for detail work on a number of different materials. The interchangeable heads and blades make it the perfect tool for sanding, polishing, engraving, and cutting smaller items.

    5. Plunge Router

    Typically used for all fine woodwork, you can remove wood from around the edges or you can push it directly into the wood to precisely rout in the middle of the wood, rather than at the edge.

    4. Drill Press 0

    A drill press is used for jobs that require precise drilling. The drill is mounted to a stationary base and is limited to straight, precisely aligned movement.

    3. Jigsaw

    A jigsaw is a great power tool for making detailed curving line cuts in plywood or other thin materials

    2. Circular Saw

    This is one of the most popular tools used for framing. Circular saws are great for cross cuts (cutting across the grain) on large or thick planks of wood, as well as for ripping (cutting along the grain). It’s lightweight and portability makes it easy for cutting in tight and awkward areas.

    1. Cordless Drill

    If you’re going to own only one power tool, then make it a cordless drill. It’s one of the most frequently used time-saving tools found in nearly every workshop. Use it for drilling holes in wood, metal, plastic, masonry, drywall, or other materials. 0

    Don’t Forget – Safety Glasses 0

    Okay, so it’s not a power tool, but it’s probably the most essential item to have around. Always wear safety goggles whenever you work with power tools, tools every man should have. Home

    Some references:

    http://www.woodworkbasics.com/power-tools.html

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