10 BIG Ideas for Your Small Bathroom Space

Most bathrooms have two common denominators: they are small and they are overlooked. Particularly if the bathroom is on the very small side, people tend to give up on the notion of making it enjoyable. So they put up with a crammed, drab and impractical bathroom. You go in; [insert your favourite euphemism for taking a dump here]; shave and shower; and get out. Quickly. But even tiny bathrooms can be turned into something worthy of the queen’s private affairs – and it need not cost your crown and septor. Simply add a dash of creativity for good measure, and you can create a room that will be loved by aspiring tenors and catwalk models alike.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:contemporary-bathroom

1. Use as large a mirror as you can, and you’ll achieve an illusion of additional depth as well as reflect heaps of light back into the room. For bonus points in the finer arts, put a nice picture frame around it (not forgetting to seal it with a few solid layers of lacquer, of course).

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BBQ Cleaning: The Definitive Guide on How to Clean Your BBQ

cleaning-tipsThe famous Australian motto “no worries” was probably born somewhere near a BBQ. Relaxing with a snag and a steak – and perhaps a cold one in your paw – has pretty much become synonymous with our way of life.

Being a first-class BBQ chef is consequently as highly regarded as having a perfect wrist-spin or being able to ride 15-foot waves at Bell’s Beach. And rightly so. It’s been widely recognised that well-cooked BBQ dishes are amongst the hottest pleasures on the planet.

However, no matter how skilled the Akubra-wielding garden chef or how delicious the ingredients, a dirty BBQ is quite literally a recipe for disaster. So take this moment to learn how to keep your pride and joy in top shape.

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Energy Saving Myths That Cost You Money

As homes are becoming increasingly crammed with more high-tech appliances and electricity costs are soaring, it’s only natural that people should be getting ideas for how to save power. Not all of these are what you’d refer to as lightbulb moments, however. Whilst some ideas are intuitive, easy to implement and work just fine (like flipping a switch), others that might seem reasonable don’t work at all and can be downright dangerous (like closing most vents in a ducted system). Yet others are radical in the extreme without necessarily resulting in any savings to speak of (like painting all radiators black).renewable-energy-myths-5

Nevertheless, repeat something enough times, and it becomes gospel; there are plenty of popularised myths on how to save energy. Let’s debunk some by doing a walkthrough of a normal home:

So, we’re approaching Bob and Sheila’s house in the burbs. The first thing we notice is the solar panels on the roof.

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Tools and their REAL uses

ToolHQ - Drill PressDRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat
metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and
flings your beer across the room, splattering it against that
freshly-stained heirloom piece you were drying.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the
workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and
hard-earned guitar calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to
say, “YEOWW SHIT….”

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes
until you die of old age.

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What is That Thing?

There is a difference between using a power tool for what it is designed for and using it for something completely unrelated.  There is also a difference between using the power tool for something with some ingenuity or using it for something that is dangerous and completely wrong.

ToolHQ - King Float

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Generators for Emergency and for Recreation

Alright, so we announced not too long ago that we were now carrying a line of Nevada gas and diesel powered generators.  While these generators are tough enough and built to withstand the rigors of the jobsite, they are more useful than that. In fact, there are many situations that generator will come in useful, for recreation as well as emergency.

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DeWalt Offers a Great Solution to Your Impact Needs

ToolHQ - Dewalt Nut Driver SetYou already have the tools; make sure you have the right accessories to go along with them.  The DeWalt 4 piece magnetic nut driver set is a must have when using your cordless impact driver. These impact bits are the solution to those pesky, hard to reach areas that make the job harder than it needs to be.   Not only does the kit include the 4 most popular sizes, including ¼:, 5/16”, 3/8” and 7/16”, the bits pivot as well.

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Check Out This Week’s Weekly Deal:

ToolHQ - Makita Deal Of the WeekMakita :XPH01Z 18V Cordless ½’ Hammer Drill Bare Tool is only $101.20 with Free Shipping, in stock now. This is brand new, not reconditioned in any way.

This is a great gift for someone who already has a battery, or for yourself. We also sell the batteries, if you need them- but this is a great deal if you are just looking for an inexpensive tool, this is the way to do it. This tool has a built in LED light and a ½’ keyless chuck for quick bit changes.  It also has 16 clutch settings and a belt clip and an all metal 2 speed transmission.

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Electric or Gas?

This question can be asked about many things, such as transportation, but we are a power tool site and that is what we are thinking about when we ask the question, specifically, gas or electric lawn and garden tools.  Which do you prefer?  It might not even matter which you prefer because the yard you have might determine which is right for you.  You might even want both depending how much of the work you do yourself and what your personal style is when doing the work.

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Some New Uses for Old Doors

ToolHQ - New Uses Old Doors 1Whether you have old doors lying around your house, or you happen to see some at a sale of some sort, there is plenty you can do with them-

  • Reuse an old door as a new door with a different purpose. Maybe you don’t have any hardware, and you can hang it like a barn door. This is becoming increasingly popular in homes. You basically install a bar and some hooks for the door to attach to, and you just slide the door across the door opening. You can use any size door as long as it covers the opening when “shut.”

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It’s TWO Months ‘Til Christmas!

I know it seems hard to believe, but yes, mates- Christmas is two months away. You know what that means- presents!

We are sure you can find something for everyone on your gift list at ToolHQ. We have all the newest tool sand technology- as well as great deals on bare tools.  No matter what the gender or age of your recipient, we have you covered!

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Fire Safety Awareness

ToolHQ - Fire SafetyIn light of the current fires across Australia, we thought it would be good to take a moment to stress the importance of teaching our family about fire safety.

The fires that are spreading across our country were allegedly set by 2 children. We all know children are impressed with lighters and matches, but this just might be an opportune time to talk to your kids about the reality of playing with fire.

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Have You Experienced the Awesomeness of a One-Handed Recip Saw?

ToolHQ - HackzallYou may have seen a one handed reciprocating saw and thought, no way that really works as well as it sounds. You would be wrong, mate. The first one that came out was the Hackzall by MilwaukeeThey also all feature much different shapes and grip profiles than their larger brethren. The Hackzall and Bosch both take a pistol-grip approach, with the saw jutting out at a vertical angle. This looks pretty odd at first, but it makes perfect sense when you pick up the saw to use it. When you hold it like a pistol, the angle of the saw matches the angle of your arm, so you can comfortably hold the saw while attacking workpieces horizontally or vertically. And the motor placement makes a kick-ass spot to put your other hand to stabilize the saw when you need to hold it in place or add a little force. (no surprise there)- and other major tool brands have been following suit. You may be wondering what makes it so great, and if you should get one- well read on.

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Cabinet Renovating Ideas

ToolHQ - Cabinet RenovatingThe biggest real estate areas in our kitchens are cabinets. Unfortunately, they are probably the priciest parts of the kitchen, as well. Unless you have a disposable income, you have to be creative in coming up with ways to freshen up your cabinets.

Depending on the material of your cabinets, you have several viable options; the first option is obvious:

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How Do You Pick the Right Tile?

ToolHQ - Different TilesOnce you have decided what type of material you want for your project, you need to specifically choose the perfect one. Tile comes in so many types and sizes and colors, it can be a difficult choice. Then you have the grout to figure out! The different types of tile flooring are brick, cement, ceramic, porcelain, saltillo, terracota, and terrazzo. The most common floor tile types are cement and ceramic.

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Why Not Take a Day Off This Labour Day?

Labour Day is coming quickly- and most of us will probably spend the day outdoors, by the barbie, or perhaps getting some odd jobs done around the house. While all of these things are good ideas, why not think about taking the day off for a change? We are always encouraging work and projects and checking off to do lists here, but one day a year we all deserve a break.

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Get Ready for Warmer Weather

So spring has sprung and it won’t be long before the hotter days of summer arrive.  Are you ready?  Yes it’s hot, sure the bugs are out and there is a lot going on and being outside can get downright uncomfortable, but there is nothing quite like summer fun.  Plus, all of the holidays are coming up and that always gets us excited around here.  Of course we love gift giving, and what better way to show your love and appreciation to the DIY’er in your life than to give the gift that keeps on giving.  But even if there weren’t gifts to be giving and time off for the holidays, summer is a great time to enjoy the sunshine and the warm weather.

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