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  • 2016 Home Décor Trends

    Whether you live in a compact city apartment or a sprawling suburban mansion, giving your home a fresh look is easy with a new coat (and color) of paint and trending home décor tricks. Colors, patterns, and styles that have been “in” for years, may be on their way out. To give your home a truly modern update, here are some new, inspirational, and fashionable ways to decorate your space.

    • Experiment with bringing aspects of nature into your home as greenery will be a big trend, inside and out. Mini potted plants, wooden serving platters, and side tables made from tree trunks are just some examples of how you can apply this theme to your home.potted plants on the windowsill
    • Locally made décor can be incorporated into your home in the form of tassels, hand-made rugs, and colorful baskets. Mix your unique neighborhood finds with mass produced furniture to blend traditional design with cutting edge style.
    • Incorporate shades of pink, red, and peach into your décor. Throw pillows, bold vases, or table runners are items that may be used to add this pop of color without overwhelming an entire room.
    • Function meets design in the coming year, as useless items will be “out” in favor of pieces that look good, but also serve a specific purpose – or multiple purposes. For example, concrete blocks that act as bedside cubbies, a colorful screen that divides rooms, or stained coffee crates that work as a center table are all example of working décor.
    • Pendant light fixtures will edge out chandeliers. Infuse character into your home with pendant lighting that can take the mood from festive to intimate in a matter of minutes. With so many styles, colors, and shapes to choose from, you may even decide to create a clustered look.
    • Warm metals such as brass and gold are in, but copper, bronze, and rose tones will rein supreme in terms of popularity. Examples of applying this trend include your kitchen backsplash, statement lamps, dining room chairs, candleholders, artwork, or even drapes.
    • Colorful, tropical motifs are on the rise. Envision trays, vases, or wallpaper in a jungle-inspired print.
    • One room getting plenty of attention is the bathroom. Incorporating relaxing spa elements will become an “in” thing. The simple act of adding a bench, plants, or dim lights is enough to make you feel more relaxed.

    Find the tools and materials you need to make these ideas a reality at EquipSupply.com.

  • Safety Precautions When Using Emergency Generators

    Depending on where you live, you may be prone to power outages during certain months of the year. An emergency generator makes a home blackout-proof, which is particularly helpful if you have small children or senior citizens living in your home. Essential appliances such as heaters, refrigerators, and lights will continue to work with the help of an emergency generator. While there are many advantages to setting up an emergency generator, they must be installed and operated properly to prevent health and safety risks. Here are precautions to consider when installing and operating a backup generator to your home.

    First, follow all instructions in the manufacturer’s written documentation, especially when it comes to the placement of the unit and safe electrical connections. Exhaust from portable and stationary backup generators contain a high level of carbon monoxide gas, which can be dangerous and even deadly if inhaled. To avoid these dangers, place the generator outside your home and a safe distance away from windows, doors, and vents. Never operate a generator from inside your home.

    The exhaust must also be directed away from windows, doors, and vents. Avoid operating the generator in partially enclosed spaces and install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. This is an extra precaution to ensure the fumes are not entering the home from the outside as the gas cannot be seen, and does not have a distinguishing odor or taste.

    Generators also pose the threat of shock or A home backup generator for use during power outageselectrocution, especially when handled in wet weather conditions. To prevent these electrical accidents, operate the generator on a dry surface where it will not be affected by water. Dry your hands completely before touching the machine.

    When connecting appliances to the generator with an extension cord, use long, heavy-duty cords that are specifically made for outdoor use. The wattage rating for each cord should exceed the total wattage of all appliances connected to it.

    Whether your generator works with gasoline, kerosene, propane, or any other type of flammable liquid, store it outside of living areas in clearly labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store near a fuel-burning appliance. Before refueling your generator, turn it off and let it cool down for several minutes.

    Find the perfect generator for your home at EquipSupply.com.

  • Easy Ways to Expand Your Closet Space

    Has a lack of closet space caused you to start piling clothes, accessories, and miscellaneous items on random chairs or drawers around the house? There are several easy ways to expand your closet space without investing a ton of money or turning your bedroom into a construction zone. Handymen of any level can complete these easy projects within a weekend.

    1. If you have a hanging closet rod, add a second underneath the first to double your hanging space. To do this, your existing closet rod should be at least 66 inches from the floor so that you can add the second rod about 35 inches from the floor. You’ll need two metal closet brackets and a closet rod of the appropriate length. Attach the metal brackets to the studs after finding the studs on the back wall. Use a level to make sure the brackets are aligned and then place the rod on the hangers.
    2. Buy stacking dividers to keep piles of t-shirts, pants, or sweaters arranged neatly. This will free up space on your hanging rod.organized closet space
    3. If your closet is jam packed and fitted with permanent shelving, utilize the back of the door for added storage. This handyman project is great for bedroom closets, pantries, or even utility closets. Many doors do not offer strong support for mounting items. To get around this problem, screw a piece of plywood to the back of the door, adding construction adhesive for hollow-core doors. Finally, add hooks, magnets, and other storage attachments to the back of the door. Find the supplies you need at EquipSupply.com.
    4. Tool aprons may also be used on the back of doors for tools, household items, shoes, accessories, or clothes. You can find them ready-made, or make your own from scratch to accommodate your specific needs.
    5. Create an affordable and space-saving storage solution for belts, necklaces, small handbags, and scarves. Add mini hooks to wooden hangars and clear up your clutter and keeping your accessories organized.
    6. Another alternative for hanging accessories such as scarves and necklaces is to place round shower curtain rings on a hangar.
    7. If your closet consists solely of hanger options, add a few shelves, hooks, and storage containers to diversify the space. Doing so will allow you to store items of various sizes, shapes, and functions.
    8. Invest in a stylish trunk that can double as a bedroom décor piece. Use it to store out-of-season items. This should free up a lot of space for the clothes and shoes you currently need.
  • Tips for Installing Exterior Surveillance Cameras

    Installing exterior surveillance cameras on your property is a smart way to thwart burglars. You want to keep your home, possessions, and family safe and sound all year long and a camera system will help you do that. See who is at the front door before you answer, monitor suspicious characters that may be lurking around your property, and keep video footage on file for future reference. Here are some tips on where and how to install your exterior surveillance cameras.

    Entry points to your property are key spots for your cameras, and the most popular location is the front door. When installing your cameras, position them as high as possible and choose a weatherproof option that also features an infrared LED function for nighttime viewing. This will prevent robbers from attempting to crack the camera and keep the system functional in various weather conditions. Back doors, off-street windows, side/backyard gates, and exterior basement stairs are other common locations for mounting exterior surveillance cameras.surveillance camera attached to a wall

    When installing a wireless security camera system, simply drill holes to attach the brackets, attach the cameras, and turn on the system. Wireless systems tend to come at a higher price, so hardwired exterior systems are still most popular. To set up a hardwired system, you will need to mount the cameras, power the system, and connect the two. You can purchase all the tools you need from EquipSupply.com before getting started.

    Check where the roof joins the walls of your home and consider this the ideal location for mounting. All security cameras have two cables that will need to be connected for the system to work. The first is for power and the second is for video. If you are mounting the camera near a power outlet, then you don’t have to be concerned about this. Even if the distance is up to 100ft, you can still use an RCA cable. If the distance between the outlet and the camera is more than 100ft, use a Coaxial Siamese Cable, which is one cable that will allow you to execute both functions.

    Lastly, connect to where the video will either be viewed or recorded. A standalone DVR is typically used for multiple security cameras because homeowners can remotely log in to the security system from anywhere via an Internet connection.

    Before choosing a surveillance system, speak to experts or customer service to ensure you invest in the right cameras to monitor your property.

  • The Basics of Organizing Your Tool Belt

    Tool belts are meant to make projects around the house much faster. Experienced handymen know exactly where to reach for the right tool without taking their eyes off the job. But beginner DIY handymen may be uncomfortable with the weight of the belt, as well as the inconvenience of searching through many small tools to find exactly what they need. Some DIYers may prefer to make trips back and forth for the right tools, stuff small objects in their pants or shirt pockets, and tuck tools in the waistband of their pants. None of these options are efficient, and they may even be a safety hazard. Here are some tips for organizing your tool belt for maximum comfort and productivity.tool belt

    • Use a tool belt that has many pockets for screws and nails of various sizes. Buy a belt that has the hammer loop on the side of your hammer hand – this is particularly important for left-handed DIYers. Beginner handymen who just need a belt for basic tools should consider an option that offers many small compartments for nails, adhesive, tape, etc. Experienced handyman would likely need a belt with large pockets and straps for bigger tools.
    • Keep the tools you use the most near your dominant hand. For example, a claw hammer, a carpenter’s pencil, a chalk line, slip-joint pliers, a drill, and a utility knife are some of the most common tools for home projects. Organize them on the right side of the belt if you are a right-handed, or on the left if you are left-handed.
    • Store secondary tools, aka “helper hand tools”, on the opposite side. These tools work in combination with the dominant tools. Nail sets, chisels, screwdrivers, fasteners, flashlights, tape measures, and squares are examples of items that would go on the left side of the belt if you are right-handed, or on the right side of the belt if you are left-handed.
    • The ability to be flexible when wearing a tool belt is important. Jobs that require long periods of bending over can be done more comfortably by turning the belt to the rear. Handymen can either rearrange their hand tools and fasteners, or learn the new positions of the belt when rear-facing.
    • When it comes to ladder safety, use belt accessories like a drill carrier to climb

    safely without worry of dropping your tools. When working on ladders, utilize the belt waistband to store more tools within easy reach so you can avoid having to climb up and down the ladder numerous times.

    • Handymen who are concerned about wearing the weight of the belt for long periods may want to invest in suspenders. They distribute the weight of tools and fasteners.

    Find all the tools for your tool belt at EquipSupply.com.

  • Crafty DIY Holiday Gifts

    Looking to put a little more detail and effort into your holiday gifts this year? Creating crafty DIY gifts is the perfect way to show friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Homemade holiday gift projects are not just for advanced crafters. Anyone can do the following projects, and they are all budget-friendly. We have included the links with step-by-step instructions for these awesome DIY holiday gifts. And get all the supplies for your arts and crafts projects at EquipSupply.com.

    • Make a multi-strand scarf/necklace for the fashionista in your life. Using an old t-shirt and scissors, create this unique accessory that will surely get compliments. It may be worn as a scarf, or coupled with a bold necklace.
    • Use a vintage book to make a travel-tech organizer for jetsetter friends and family. With so many plugs and electronic accessories as a part of our day-to-day lives, having a lightweight place to store them all makes traveling much easier. As a custom gift that no one else has, it’s sure to make the receiver feel extra special.
    • A small collection of flavored salts is a perfect (and easy-to-make) DIY gift for anyone who loves to cook. Package in cute miniature jars to add an element of style. The three recipes included in this DIY project are lemon salt, shiitake salt, and roasted garlic salt, but you can put your own spin on it.Drink Sitting on a Coaster
    • Personalized coasters are useful and pretty. Create this gift based on a specific theme that would have special meaning to the receiver – whether based on their names, their hobbies, or inside jokes you share together.
    • Spa accessories are ideal for women who need some pampering, but can’t set aside time in their busy schedule. You can create a peppermint candy cane sugar scrub that is perfect for the holiday season.
    • Use inexpensive mason jars to create a personal vase that acts as a standout centerpiece. With some spray paint and a cool stencil, you can turn a basic jar into a completely “artsy” vase.
    • Button bookmarks takes very little time or money, but will surely be used by book lovers in your life. All you need are paperclips, cute buttons, hot glue, and felt. They are so simple that even kids can create special button bookmarks for their friends and teachers.
  • Craft Stations for Grown Up Holiday Parties

    Craft stations are not just for kids anymore! Setting up various stations at holiday parties is a fun and exciting way for guests to interact with each other. Crafts do not have to be complicated, time-consuming, or expensive. They can be easy projects and serve as party favors for guests to take home at the end of the event.

    Craft stations for adults also help introverts feel more comfortable socializing, and can give entry-level employees a chance to talk with senior executives in an informal manner. So whether you are hosting a corporate event, or an informal gathering of best friends, here are three craft station ideas for adults. Alter them to fit your specific holiday party needs:Rolling Pin and Cupcake Liners

    Decorate Your Own Cupcake – Adults love cupcakes and sweet treats just as much as youngsters. This edible station is easy to setup with basic vanilla or chocolate cupcakes. Keep sprinkles, melted chocolate, frosting, jellybeans, and other toppings at the table. Guests can easily assemble a handful of custom cookies that suits their taste.

    Holiday Ornament Station – Use inexpensive aluminum cookie cutters to create a cool ornament for the Christmas tree. All you need are holiday-shaped cookie cutters, patterned paper, craft glue, and ribbons. Have your guests trace the cutter on the paper and cut out the shape. Place craft glue along the cutter’s edge and press the paper inside. Once dried, they can simply slip a needle with pretty ribbon through the top of the cutter and tie a knot. Their ornament is ready for hanging.

    Decorate a Holiday Mug/Glass – Making custom mugs is a project that may be immediately useful if you require guests to complete one for use at the party. But they are best done for smaller, home-based parties since they require the use of an oven. Buy ceramic mugs or bowls and colorful sharpies. (Oil-based markers will last longer.) Allow guests to decorate in any manner they choose and once done, stick the mug in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow the item to cool in the oven to make the design permanent.

    Tables, chairs, table covers, and other party supplies can be found at EquipSupply.com.

  • Tips for Setting up Holiday Lights Outdoors for Newbies

    Decorating the house and yard with lights is a common holiday practice for many families. Whether you’re a novice to the process or just increasing your efforts this year, there are some tips you should be familiar with before getting started. Hanging lights in and around your house is a process that can take as little as an hour, or as long as a few weeks. Here are tips for our weekend warriors for getting your outdoor holiday lights set up over the course of a few days.

    Before even opening the first box of lights, you should have a game plan. Pick a starting point and visualize how the lights will flow from that spot throughout the rest of the yard. This will allow you to coordinate the perfect colors and styles of lights for the areas you plan to cover.Home with Christmas Lights

    While coordinating your layout, check all the surfaces you will be using to determine if they are thick and stable enough to support your lights. Some of the most common spots for hanging holiday lights are bushes, trees, rooflines, pillars, posts, around windows and door frames, and near pathways.

    Next, make sure the extension cords you plan to use are UL approved – designed and manufactured to meet industry specifications for safety. The lights you plan to use outdoors should say so specifically on the box because they contain more insulation than indoor lights.

    Prepare your lights. Plug in each one before hanging them outside. Check for frayed or damaged bulbs. All sockets in the string should have bulbs. Damaged strings are a fire hazard and should not be used.

    The equipment you need will depend on how high you plan to go to position your lights. Ladders are available at EquipSupply.com – just be sure that you’ve got the right ladder for the job. Do not use staples, nails, or screws to hang holiday lights. They can pierce the electrical wires and create a safety hazard. Use lightweight clips instead.

    Once you have completed your outdoor light setup, set a timer so the lights do not remain on all night. Also, turn them off when you leave the house to reduce the chance of fires.

    After the holiday season, remove your exterior lights within 90 days to prevent weather damage. Store the lights safely by wrapping them around a stiff piece of cardboard to keep them intact for next year. Prevent bulb breakage by wrapping them with soft fabric.

  • 7 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

    Temperatures around the country have started cooling down and it won’t be long before many areas experience the precipitation that comes along with winter. There is plenty you can do to ensure the next few months at home are as comfortable as possible. Now is the time for weekend warriors to prepare the home for winter if it hasn’t been done already. Not only will these tips keep your family warm and cozy, they may also end up saving you money on the utility bill during the course of the winter.

    1. Change ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction. Doing so can warm up the spaces of a home because hot air rises and when the blades are moving clockwise, they force warm air down.
    2. Replace old and dirty furnace filters because they put a burden on the entire system. The furnace has to work much harder to warm up the house and you’ll likely see an increase in your bill. New filters cost about $10 each and will allow your furnace to work at an optimal level of efficiency.
    3. Look for gaps around windows and door frames. If you notice spaces that are bigger than the diameter of a nickel, reapply exterior caulk. Consider the use of silicone caulk for exterior use because it will not shrink and can withstand the various elements of winter.Man Cleaning His Gutters
    4. Clear your gutters of leaves, branches, and dirt buildup. Clogged gutters may cause water backup against the house, leading to damage of the roof and siding. While examining the gutters, check for missing boards or damage so you can repair them as soon as possible.
    5. While some areas of the country are immune from frigid temperatures, heavy rainfall and snow accumulation can still cause major issues during winter months. Add extensions to the downspouts so that water can run more than three feet away from the foundation.
    6. Ducts are out of sight so many people forget how much of an impact they have on the heating of a home. Properly seal and insulate ducts that may be hidden away in the attic or basement. Homeowners may reduce the annual cost of their energy bill by more than $100 when ducts are tightly sealed and insulated.
    7. Use insulation to wrap the water pipes that are located in the basement or crawl spaces. Plastic and copper pipes can easily freeze with poor insulation. Frozen pipes may crack or burst, and even a small slice and release up to 250 gallons a day.

    Find all the parts and accessories you need to heat your home for winter at EquipSupply.com

  • Ways to Childproof Your Home During the Holidays

    The holiday season is quickly approaching which means travels, toys, visitors, and decorations all around the house for many families. Although it is one of the happiest times of the year for little ones, the holiday season can pose hazards that are not a threat during the rest of the year. Extra safety measures and precautions can be made around the house to keep children out of harm’s way. It’s also wise to keep a first aid kit from EquipSupply.com readily available. Here are ways you can childproof your home during the holidays.

    • If you are putting up a tree, avoid tip-over by securing it to the wall with an eyehook or twine. Another option it to completely block it off with a safety gate to ensure that babies won’t crawl near the base and accidentally tip it over on top of themselves.
    • Keep candles, lights, and other heavy decorations well out of reach. Colorful and sparkly decorations are sure to catch the attention of children so ensure they can’t get a hold of it. Use lightweight and portable options for decorations that go on the floor or within reach of kids.
    • Cover your electrical cords with a rug or run them along the length of a wall and tape them securely. Test lights for loose connections and replace them with new bulbs.
    • Candles create a cozy and charming atmosphere at holiday parties and dinners, but they are an accident waiting to happen if there are numerous children running around the house. Consider the use of artificial candles that are battery operated or electric. They are a great alternative and give you one less thing to worry about.Baby Gate in Front of Stairs
    • The kitchen should be off-limits for young children unless supervised by an adult. Burns and scalds are a common holiday hazard so refrain from asking children to help you move hot foods/liquids from one room to another.
    • Batteries are common during the holidays. They are in everything from small electronic toys to greeting cards. But they are also very tempting to young children. Swallowing these shiny objects can lead to serious intestinal damage. Keep them safely inside electronics by placing a piece of tape on top of battery covers.
    • Fire safety is important year-round, but be extra diligent during the holidays. Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors you already have installed. Replace batteries or units as necessary.

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