The Two Tools that Every Household Needs

Whether you live the single life or the married life, the party lifestyle or the homebody lifestyle, the active life or the lazy life, there are two tools that you should get the moment you first get your own place.

Hammer and NailIf you want to slowly build a great toolbox, these are the two tools to start with. Or, if you never want to buy tools ever again, these are the two to get. Between these two tools, you can get almost anything done that you need.

  1. Hammer. So simple, it’s almost too simple. But a good hammer is an essential. Don’t be a cheapa*s and get the kind that’s glued together in a shoddy way or the one that doesn’t have a nail puller on the back. Get a good quality, standard hammer with a nail puller on it (a nail puller is the sort of V-shaped part on the back side of the part you hit stuff with).

So, why is a hammer #1? You’d be surprised at how many things you end up needing to nail in, in a home/apartment. Pictures, shelves, sheets over the windows, actual curtains/blinds over the windows, jewelry hangers, shoe racks, kitchen utensil holder, hanging pot rack, calendar, wine bottle holder thingie, wine glass holder thingie… Sure, the back of your shoe will work as a hammer, but it won’t be as fast, as good, and you may ruin your shoe. And a shoe can’t remove nails like the nail puller on a hammer. And of course, a hammer comes in very handy when you’ve got appliances not working in your place or random nails sticking up through the carpeting. Although I think people should fix things properly, sometimes the best fix is a whack with a sturdy hammer. Manual Drill

2.  Manual drill. Hard to give all the reasons for owning one of these bad boys. But a manual drill has come in handy for me more times than I can count. And the great thing about it is that it never has to charge up. Power drills always seem to run out of battery when you need it most or aren’t charged up when you need to just drill one tiny thing. But a manual drill is always ready to go, and you’re completely in control because it’s you that’s manually making it work.

Do you have questions about contractors, construction projects, renovations, basic home or car maintenance, or other blue collar stuff? Ask in the comments below and I may answer your question in my next article!

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Using Nail Polish to Repair Car Dings

my wife's color assortment

my wife’s color assortment

Question: Can you use nail polish to repair little nicks or dings to your car’s paint?

Answer: Yes!! Surprised?

I do it all the time, in fact! The trick, of course, is getting your wife to buy the right nail polish color that matches your car. “Yes honey, I love when you paint your nails the fungus green that matches my truck…”

car colored nail polishes

car colored nail polishes

Does it really work? I’ve found that the components in nail polish are actually just as good and long-lasting as the paint that’s specialized for cars. Nail polish seals up dings so that you don’t get any growing rust problems. I’ve fixed dings on my wife’s car as well as my truck with nail polish and after several years, the paint has held up very nicely.

How do you do it? Easy.

  1. You’ll want to first clean in and around the ding on your car so that there’s no road grime in there. You don’t want the nail polish to seal in grime, which will end up deteriorating your car underneath the polish, where you can’t see.
  2. Do as good a job as you can at matching a nail polish color to your car’s color (duh).
  3. Put on one coat of the polish and let it dry completely. One coat should be enough, unless you can see through it, in which case you’ll need to put on a second coat.
  4. clear "top coat"

    clear “top coat”

    Once that first coat is dry, top it off with a clear nail polish. This is extra protective and is a good finish. The clear polish you use should be what the ladies call a “top coat.” Don’t get any of that “nutritive base coat” or “clear nail growing polish” or whatever else. You just want a plain, clear “top coat” to put on top of your color.

  5. Let that top coat dry and you’re ready to hit the road again. But not literally, because seriously dude, stop dinging your car.

Do you have questions about contractors, construction projects, renovations, basic home or car maintenance, or other blue collar stuff? Ask in the comments below and I may answer your question in my next article!

Does a Gas Water Heater Ever Need to be Drained?

This is a type of gas water heater

This is a type of gas water heater

Question:  Fellow blogger, Funny About Money, asked, does a gas water heater ever need to be drained?

Answer:  Yes, it is always good to drain a gas water heater once every few years, just so sediment doesn’t build up in the tank.Tanks are made of steel and along with water, sediment corrodes steel.

If you have an electric water heater, then those need to be drained every year, otherwise the heating element literally dissolves.

How do you drain a gas water heater? First, shut the breaker off to the water heater and shut the house gas supply off. You then drain it by opening the valve at the bottom of the unit or releasing the safety valve on the upper side of the unit.

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