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4 Tools Every Homeowner Needs to Have And Know How To Use

4 Tools Every Homeowner Needs to Have And Know How To Use

Being a new homeowner can be one of the most intimidating things many people will do in their life. Suddenly you are the proud, but nervous, owner of an asset that is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The property is likely a few decades old, and with that age, many issues have arisen.

Most people that purchase their first home don’t have a lot of experience fixing things, like garbage disposals, water heaters, sprinkler systems, clogged pipes, leaky pipes, and more. As a renter all of those issues simply required a phone call to a landlord or management company, and the problem was taken care of. As part of this, most new homeowners don’t have the basic tools that they will need to fix the never-ending supply of repairs that arise as a homeowner.

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Here are four tools that every homeowner will likely need to own, as they will be used frequently throughout the time the home is owned.

1. Stud finder

Many people do not even know what a stud finder is. Stud finders are used to find the studs behind the sheetrock in a home. Think of your home when it was first framed. A frame was created using a lot of 2×4 pieces of wood. These are the studs in a home. If you are putting up pictures, replacing toilet paper holders, installing mirrors, or doing anything else that involves screwing or nailing in walls, you will want a stud finder. When you nail into a wall you don’t want to just go into sheetrock, because sheetrock is weak and over time it will rip out. Use a stud finder to find the studs behind the sheetrock, and nail into those instead. Many places will have electric stud finders, but magnets are usually cheaper, and often work even better.

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2. Torque wrench

Unless you work out and have muscles as strong as machines, you will want a torque wrench. These are incredibly handy and usually cost less than $10 for a decent wrench. Torque wrenches are used to tighten bolts as tight as possible in an efficient manner. Your new home will likely have bolts in all kinds of crazy places that are hard to reach. Torque wrenches can get down into tiny spaces to tighten and loosen those bolts. As a homeowner you may find yourself using a torque wrench multiple times in your first year of owning a home. There are also quite a few kinds of torque wrenches with different bells and whistles. Here is a decent buyers guide for choosing the torque wrench that matches your needs as a new homeowner.

3. Ladder

This is typically a slightly more expensive purchase, but a ladder is typically almost essential for homeowners. Whether you are trying to get into your attic, put up Christmas lights, paint a ceiling, clean out your rain gutters, wash your windows, or do any other tasks that need to be done on the top half of your home, a ladder will be essential.

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Don’t be the homeowner that discovers too late that they need a ladder. You can start looking now on places like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and get a good used ladder for significantly cheaper prices. If you wait until you need the ladder to start looking, you will not be able to wait until a good deal comes up.

4. Extension cord

If you don’t have an extension cord, get one in your first week. You will find yourself starting a new project and just when you think you are ready to dive in you will realize that you do not have electricity in the area you are planning on doing the project. Nothing is more frustrating than having to stop a project in the middle and go purchase something simple like an extension cord. There is almost no chance you do not need an extension cord at some point, so why not get one to start? Make sure to buy an outdoor one. You can use it indoors, but it is always good to have the option.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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