Monday, 13 April 2015

Using Gardening Equipment To Get Fit & Healthy!

For the past few months we have been looking at different tools and what they are used for. Now a chainsaw and hedge trimmer will not do the same job for your garden but one thing they do have in common is the ability to get us outdoors and active in our environment!

If you're a bit of a couch potato like me this exercise is perfect in the sense that it gets us active without any real motivation or determination needed as we're having fun whilst doing so! Anyway i'm sure this infographic will be able to explain it better than I ever could!

Healthy Living Through Gardening Infographic

 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

What to Look for in a Lawnmower

There's a lot of different kinds of lawnmower with a lot of different information that the average buyer wouldn't know about so this is to inform people of what to look for when buying a lawnmower.


What kind of Lawnmower are you looking to get?



There are a lot of different kinds of lawnmower including push mowers, self propelled mowers, riding mowers or robotic mowers. A push mower is recommended if your garden is evenly sloped whereas a self propelled mower is recommended if your garden features hills and slopes. A riding lawn mower is recommended if the amount you intend to mow is over 1/2 an acre. the robotic mower is a fun choice for smaller lawns.


Choose what kind of power



This mostly concerns push mowers whether you would prefer an electric or gas mower. Electric mowers have the advantage of conserving energy and money whereas gas mowers have a bit more kick to them.


Some things do not affect lawn quality



Horsepower and engine size etc. do not have an effect on the lawns quality so while it may be tempting to buy that big engine with its something ridiculous small car horsepower its not necessary and will not affect lawn quality.


Choose a brand



While this in itself does not affect the lawnmower it does change where and how easily you can get it serviced or repaired if need be.


Set a price range



Some lawnmowers can be very expensive and its better to set your price range first then look to make sure you don't overspend on it.



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.

Maneuverable


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.

Expensive


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

Necessity


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!