Wednesday, 25 March 2015

5 in 1 Petrol Garden Multitool

Finding the right tools for the job aims to bring you information on how to use and find (stating the obvious huh) the right tools for the job. Well this next tool up is an absolute gem for always having the right tool for the job. Lets look at what this tool contains:

An absolute multitude of tools for use around the garden!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Different Kinds of Hammers and Their Uses

Lots of people have issues with hammers quite often because they aren't using the right one for their particular job so I'm going to cover some basic hammers and the uses for them.

Claw Hammer

A hammer that is very often used for general work and the use for this hammer is that it can be doubled as a lever for pulling up floorboards or trying to remove a very sturdy door frame and the V cut into the claw is used to pull nails from timber. Its often wooden, glass fibre or steel and can come with or without a rubber grip and is normally 16 to 24 oz.

Club Hammer

Also referred to commonly as a lump hammer it has a double faced head and its most common use is light demolition work, masonry nails and driving steel chisels. It is recommended to use safety glasses and work gloves to avoid the possible splinters it can create. It will normally weigh around 2.5 lb. This is probably the most used hammer for general purposes.

Sledge Hammer

Used for heavy jobs such as driving stakes or masonry due to its huge size and weight and is very uncommon in general use. For lighter jobs the weight of the head is often enough to get it done but for heavy jobs it is swung like an axe. It is recommended that you use suitable protective clothing, gloves and glasses to avoid possible injuries from splinters etc.. This kind of hammer can weigh 7, 10 or 14 lb.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How to use a fencing maul

What you need

For this kind of job it will always be easier with a friend or co-worker there to help with positioning so be very careful with your maul as to not cause injury to them. After that all you need is your fencing maul and a pair of gloves. Note that a fencing maul works effectively on about 1.2 m high posts.

Position the post

Decide on where its going and try to plant it a little into the ground for a steadier grip.

Hold it upright

If the post is held at a slant it will go into the ground at a slant which could make your whole fence more difficult to make. Make sure the person holding the post has the gloves so their hands don't splinter madly when you hit the post in.

Holding the maul

The further apart your hands are the more control you will have during your swing making it a lot safer for your trusted undoubtedly nervous friend or co-worker.

Swinging the maul

Start with a slow practice swing to begin and to judge the distance a little better. Once you are happy start swinging with controlled forceful strikes until the post has been hammered in. Rinse and repeat this process for all of your posts until finished.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Is a Petrol Chainsaw the Right Option for You?

Is a petrol chainsaw the right choice for you

There are a lot of reasons why a petrol chainsaw could be a good or a bad choice for different people (although I personally use mine too much to think what I'd do without it) so I'm going to cover some of these points to give you a better idea of what you should think about.

They require a strong user

A petrol chainsaw has quite a bit of kick to it and as such can normally only be used by stronger than average individuals which has never really been an issue for me being a very tall individual. They are also quite heavy and putting these together makes it pretty hard to control well enough to get a clean cut without being strong or putting in a huge amount of effort.

They require petrol

Bit obvious but this means you need to keep fuel for it around the house somewhere (I personally leave mine in thee garage) and this fuel is of course flammable not a good choice for people with children or particularly jumpy pets as spills can quickly become a fire hazard.

Highly effective

Not much can cut quite like a petrol chainsaw so if you have some heavy duty work planned then its a good choice provided you know how to handle it and have the required strength.


Being a petrol chainsaw there's no wire or anything like that so if you need to take it far from an outlet that is no problem for a petrol chainsaw, The lack of wires also make it quite maneuverable while using it for those trickier cuts.


Most petrol chainsaws can be expensive especially a good one and theres the continuous fuel cost to consider after.


Only heavy duty jobs require a petrol chainsaw don't underestimate what a hatchet or electric chainsaw can achieve and think to yourself do I really need one?

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Pressure Washer vs Paid Car Washes

Today we are going to be looking if its cheaper to purchase a pressure washer and wash your car + your family cars? yourself or pay to have  your car cleaned for 1 whole year!

The Figures

Average Amount of Cars per Family: 2
Car Washed: Bi-weekly
Coat of Car Wash: 10 pound
Cost of Time & Cleaning Materials: 2 pound
Pressure Washer: 150 pound

Clean your Car Yourself!

Pressure Washer + (Cost of Cleaning Materials and Time x Car Washed in a Year x 2) = 254 pound

Pay to Clean!

Car Washed x Cost of Car Wash x Average Amount of Cars = 520 pound

Buying tools and putting in a little bit of work can save you a lot of money! A pressure washer can be a very worthwhile investment and save you a lot of money in the long run and definitely worth checking out!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Augers and Information

Clamshell Hand Post Hole Diggers

The most common hand post hole diggers are the clamshell type. You drive the two blades into the ground, spread the handles to close the blades, withdraw the tool and bring the handles together to dump the soil. This type of tool can dig a fairly small diameter hole (4-6 inches) to a depth of 1-2 feet. If you try to go deeper, the small diameter of the hole prevents you from spreading the handles, thus you can't pick up any more soil. This type of post hole digger can be used next to walls, along fences, etc. more easily than any of the other types. This type of digger is the least expensive to purchase.

Auger Hand Post Hole Diggers

A better alternative in many cases is a hand-operated post auger. This tool consists of a short tube with an auger section on the bottom and a T-handle on top. It will typically dig a 6- to 8-inch diameter hole. You basically just turn the T-handle to screw the auger into the ground. When the short tube is full of soil, you pull the tool out of the hole and dump the soil. Theoretically, there is no limit to the hole depth with this tool since you can add additional handle sections (simply lengths of steel pipe) as needed for deeper holes. If the subsoil is too hard for the auger to work properly but the hole is too deep to use a clamshell digger effectively, it is sometimes helpful to use a clamshell digger to chip the hard subsoil loose and then use the auger to pick it up and clean out the hole. With either hand-held post hole digger, it is helpful to mark the depth on the handle so you can tell your depth without measuring the hole.

Handheld Power Augers

If you have several holes to dig, you might consider renting, or even buying, a handheld power auger. Some handheld auger are designed for one-person operation, but many require two people. These tools may not involve quite as much work as hand-operated tools, but they do still require a lot of strength and effort, especially in hard clay. Safety of handheld power augers is a concern. It takes a lot of torque to spin an auger through hard soil. If the auger hits a root, rock, pipe, etc. and jams, that same torque can spin you around the now-stationary auger -- or break your arm. You also need to avoid loose clothing that might get entangled in the auger.

Wheeled Power Augers

A somewhat safer and easier to handle design adds a frame with two wheels to one side of the auger and an extended handle to the other side. These machines are available for rental. They have about the same capacity as the handheld power augers but can be operated by one person and require somewhat less effort. They are still not easy to use in hard ground.

Tractor Post Hole Augers

The solution that requires the least effort on the part of the operator is a tractor-mounted post hole auger. These machines mount to a tractor 3-point hitch and are driven by the tractor PTO. Even small, compact utility tractors can handle a post hole auger. These machines are safer -- if the only operator is on the tractor and doesn't get off while the PTO is operating. No one should be within 25 feet of the auger when the machine is operating. Tractor post hole augers can be purchased for a few hundred dollars or rented.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Is An Electric Chainsaw a Better Option for You?

A petrol chainsaw can be a challenge to use! They have a large kickback, they eat fuel like they haven't seen it in weeks, they take an absolute mega effort to start, they're nosier than your grandmas car and you have to contend with the fuel that is left in the shed. Whcih is a safe place right? Not if you have kids like mine. All these disadvantages an electric chainsaw simply does not have.

Kickback with Electric Chainsaws

Electric chainsaws are battery powered and this allows them to run a lot smoother than a petrol chainsaw which uses a 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. This makes an electric chainsaw a lot easier to use (especially for a first timer) as your hands are more steady and the chainsaw is taking less of a physical tole on your body.

Fuel and Your Electric Chainsaw

An electric chainsaw can be charged through an electrical socket in your home. But this doesn't mean that is it even costs any money. A renewable source of electricity in your home leads to your chainsaw being completely reusable as well. Some would say that the petrol chainsaw with its fossil fuels cant exactly live up to this claim....

An Electric Chainsaw Does Not Annoy Your Neighours

An electric chainsaw is very quiet (depending on what exactly you are cutting of course) and is a lot less likely to disturb the neighbours than the noisy petrol chainsaw which is jsut about guaranteed to wake up your entire neighbourhood (depending on the time of day rather).

Hmmm, starting to definetely make petrol chainsaws look like not the right tool for the job. The trusth is there are benefits to owning an electric chainsaw and benefits to owning a petrol chainsaw. Just best to know which one you should go with.