hTool book makes using hardware effortless
The first step to becoming handy with tools is learning what the devices can do. That's the purpose behind "Tools," a new book by architect and woodworker Steve Dodds.
"Tools" is a guide to 150 home gadgets, ranging in complexity from steel rules and screwdrivers to wood lathes and table saws. The book includes a "Practical Matters" section that guides readers on choosing tools and using them safely and effectively; a "Tool Kits" section that suggests types of tools to own for various uses, such as auto repair and crafting; and an extensive "Tool Guide" that explains what individual tools are used for and provides helpful information.
The book is published by Firefly Books and costs $19.95 in softcover.
New model of deadbolt makes lock convenient
Half the deadbolt locks on American doors are going unused. Securing the deadbolt with a key, it seems, is just enough of a bother that many people neglect to do it.
But a new type of deadbolt eliminates that excuse.
The Turner deadbolt can be locked simply with the twist of an exterior collar. A key is still required to unlock it.
The Turner deadbolt is available alone or in combination with a doorknob, and both come in antique brass, solid brass and satin chrome. A deadbolt lock is $45, and a lock-and-knob set is $55.
The locks can be ordered at www.turnerlock.com or (877) 349-0306.
Creating a tropical backyard paradise
Is your fantasy to live in a tropical paradise? You can create a little fantasy-island right in your own backyard.
Start with a simple water-garden pond with a shallow depth of 2 feet or less. It can range from a few feet square to swimming-pool size. Once it's excavated, line it with heavy vinyl sheeting, or use a prefab plastic pool. Then go native with rocks, trees and foliage - creating your own tropical island look. Add a waterfall or underwater lights. Use color lights on landscaping. A circulating pump and filter will keep water clean and mosquito-free. Adding fish helps, too. Then add water plants for character and to keep the pond water fresh and clear.