Every homeowner has to have some fix-it knowledge. In order to get the job done you have to have the right tools. First you will need to assemble a proper home-repair tool kit. This suggested kit should cost approximately $200 and provide you with 90% of all the tools you’ll ever need to repair and maintain your home.

Here are the top tools you’ll need to get started.

1. Toolbox

First things first, you’ll need something to hold all of your tools. A toolbox will help you organize and quickly find what you are looking for in a pinch. A toolbox doesn’t have to be a box at all, it may be a bag and large container as long as all of your tools fit and are easily accessible.

2. Hammer

A hammer is the absolute must-have tool. You may choose a steel- or fiberglass-shaft hammer. Make sure to choose one with a smooth (not checkered) head.  You may also want to choose a hammer with a straight or “rip” claw they are more useful for demolition.

3. Screwdrivers (mixed set)

Go ahead and buy the set of screwdrivers. You will save money plus you will get all the sizes you need. Your set should have 1/4- and 3/8-inch flat heads and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head drivers. Some screwdrivers have magnetic heads; they can come in handy when looking for dropped nails etc. too.

4. Tape measure

Buy a good quality tape measure. Buy at least a 16-foot,  3/4-inch-wide model. Also look for one that is easy-locking.

5. Reversible drill with bit set

A reversible drill is the only electric tool you need and it is a must. Home centers are full of cordless models but you may want to opt for a corded version, they are less expensive and never run out of battery. Make sure to purchase a 3/8th-inch reversible drill this will be the most useful around your home.

6. Utility knife

Often there is nothing that can replace a utility knife. Make sure to purchase plenty of replaceable blades for your utility knife.

7. Handsaw

Even if you have a circular saw, you may still find some times when you will be happy to have a handsaw handy. A short handsaw is probably best, look for one with a 12-inch blade it will cut straighter and faster.

8. A level

A level is essential for hanging just about anything. Purchase a 9-inch torpedo level. This is easier and more accurate than laser levels.

9. Vise grips: $10

Clamp anything with vise grips. Also known as locking pliers, all you need to do is adjust the screw drive in the handle and clamp it on to anything that needs viselike stabilizing. If you don’t have vise grips channel-lock pliers can be a good backup.

10. Safety glasses

Better safe than sorry. Effective eye protection is a must in any toolkit.





Grilled Corn With Cilantro Lime Butter

Nothing tastes better than a perfectly cooked ear of corn garnished with salty butter at a summertime cookout ! Most families cannot wait for the corn on the cob season to start. The following recipe will add a little spice to an old time favorite.


  • 4 ears of corn still in their husk
  • 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lime


  • Soak the corn in a large bowl of water for about 20 minutes
  • Pre heat the grill to medium heat
  • Mix together the butter, lime zest, cilantro, salt and lime juice in a small bowl and set it aside until needed.
  • With the corn still in the husk, place it on the grill to cook for 12 minutes
  • Rotate the ears from side to side while cooking
  • Remove from the grill and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool slightly
  • Carefully remove husk from the corn
  • Serve warm brushed with the cilantro butter mixture that has already been prepared




When it comes to searching for a home, there are a lot of factors that you have to consider. This is especially the case if you are shopping for condos, as you will be sharing a lot of common space with your neighbors as well. The first thing to look into is the overall interactivity that goes on within the block of condos you are considering to make your home. In most cases, it is always better to find a condo that has an interactive community, because this in turn means that you never have to worry that someone might not be doing their part in keeping the block of properties maintained and in good condition.

One thing to be careful of is that some communities do not allow pets, and so if you are looking for a condo for you and your pets, then you need to make sure that the community has no problem with this. In the end, you have to find a condo that is able to be comfortable to live in, and where there is the least amount of stress. While it can be very beneficial to live in a community, it can at times be stressful if you are not one to go by strenuous rules. For some people, the idea of owning a home means that they have the freedom of choice to do what they want in their property.

One of the most important things to look into when buying a condo is the condo fees. What are they and what will they be down the road? Are they set condo fees, or could they become too costly to pay down the road? Some condos fees go up to the point that makes the great price you got on the condo not look so great because of what you are paying in taxes and condo fees. One of pluses of a condo is no maintenance and a lot of people really like that especially in your later years when you don’t want to mow the lawn or shovel the sidewalks. A condo is a great option for many buyers and you can generally get into a condo for a fair price.

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The heat of the summer and the cold winter temperatures can do a job on your outdoor deck. A little prevention goes a long way. Caring for, cleaning and repairing your outdoor deck is essential to proper maintenance.

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you will enjoy your outdoor space for many years to come:

Here are some tools you will need:

  • screwdriver
  • hammer
  • garden hose
  • socket wrench
  • deck cleaner
  • push broom
  • plastic sheet or tarp
  • rubber gloves
  • scrub brush
  • Here are the things you can do to keep your deck in tip top shape:

    1. Clear the debris. Leaves, water and yard debris can get caught in between the floorboards of your deck. If these areas are not cleared your deck floorboards could rot or worse the joists that support the deck could fail.

    2. Sweep off the deck surface. Use a broom to clear the deck floor, make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.

    3. Tighten all the floorboards, railings and the bolts that attach the deck to the house with a screwdriver or drill.

    4. Check for water damage. Replace or repair rotten boards.

    5. Use a hammer to pound in any loose or protruding nails.

    6. Use a deck cleaner to clean the deck. Make sure to use rubber gloves and protective gear. You will also want to cover plants or bushes with a tarp or plastic sheeting around the deck to protect them from the cleaner chemicals.

    7. Last but not least apply a deck sealer.

    8. Enjoy!

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