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10 Home Improvement Gadgets Everyone Should Have

10 Home Improvement Gadgets Everyone Should Have

Everyone should have a basic set of tools in their home, regardless of whether you do repair work professionally or are a casual DIY’er. Having the right tools in place makes it a lot easier when you need to install a set of shelves, assemble furniture, or even just scrape gum or hard stickers from the kitchen floor. Here is a list of handy home improvement tools to always have on hand:

Nippers

Removing nails from wood trim can be a tedious task unless you have a nipper on hand. This affordable tool generally costs under $15 and manages to pull out nails cleanly without damaging the material. Nippers can also be used to cut through and remove small amounts of solid material, such as tile.

Impact Driver

Have you ever tried to remove a screw that just won’t budge? When a regular screwdriver can’t get the work done, grab an impact driver. Impact drivers generally come equipped with various heads, making them suitable for removing screws of any size. It works by applying intense rotational and downward force.[1] Impact drivers can come in handy when removing tight bolts.

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Angle Grinder

    Angle grinders have a small blade that is perfect for cutting through ceramic tile. It’s also ideal for making intricate cuts around smaller curved areas that require a lot of detail, such as showerheads and power outlets.

    Screw Driver Set

    The screw driver set is the most basic tool for DIY beginners but it’s also a must-have. They can be used to assemble furniture, install light switches, and tighten loose hardware or furniture. Every home should always have a screwdriver set just in case.

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    Flashlight

    A flashlight is a must-have just in case you need to work in a dark space, such as in the basement or the closet. They also really come in handy during a power outage or natural disaster. Opt for a rechargeable flashlight, which uses LED lights and will last for a long time.

    A Set Of Pliers

      Pliers give you the right amount of grip for heavy duty jobs, such as removing an old showerhead or slicing a wire. There are a large number of plier types available, including side cutting, long nose, and utility pliers.[2]

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      Adjustable Feet

      Adjustable feet are often used in home improvement projects, such as an above-the-floor bath installation. These are also convenient to keep in the garage in case you need to adjust the height of a DIY work station or a bench. They can also be used to level off an object in case your flooring is uneven.[3]

      Putty Knife

      Putty knives are generally used to scrape hard residue from a surface or spread material, such as plaster. They can be used to remove paint, stickers, or gum from the floors. Putty knives also come in handy if you’re working on a home renovation project and need to seal grout or apply drywall and plaster.[4]

      Power Drill

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        A power drill is a must-have and useful when assembling furniture or drilling holes in the wall in order to hang paintings and artwork. Drills allow you to attach bits to it to match the size of the screw. Other drill bits can be used in order to drill holes into a surface.

        Stud Finder

        Want to hang a painting or are you putting up a new set of shelves? A stud finder can be used in order to locate studs designed for framing behind drywall. If you don’t have a stud finder, you’ll end up drilling numerous holes into the wall until you hit a stud, which can result in damage to your wall. Modern electronic stud finders are able to show you where every stud is exactly.[5]

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        Last Updated on May 22, 2019

        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

        One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

        In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

        Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

        1. Cat Camel Stretch

        Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

        Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

        Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

        Here’s a video to guide you through:

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        2. Go for a Walk or a Run

        This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

        Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

        The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

        Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

        Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

        3. Jumping Jacks

        Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

        Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

        4. Abductor Side Lifts

        Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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        Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

        5. Balancing Table Pose

        This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

        Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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          6. Leg Squats

          Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

          Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

          The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

          7. Push Ups

          You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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          An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

          Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

          This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

          8. Bicycle Crunches

          There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

          Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

          9. Lunges

          Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

          Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

          This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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          10. Bicep Curls

          You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

          Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

          Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

          Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

          Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

          These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

          You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

          Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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