hTool book makes using hardware effortless

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 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.
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