A Basic Kit

I believe that everyone, regardless of their DIY talents, should have a toolbox on hand for their home. You never know when they will come in handy or if an emergency might arise. Over the years, I have been gathering tools left and right to complete projects and I finally have a toolkit that includes most of the ones you would need for projects around the home. I have had friends asking me about the proper tools that they should have on hand and they have taken my advice.

If you have not the slightest idea about the things that should come in a toolbox, then you have come to the right place. You even have the option of just picking up pieces here and there until you are able to assemble a full toolbox kit. If you are a beginner to the scene, there are still tips and pointers that you can utilize to make your projects go off without a hitch.

To get started, we can begin discussing the ways in which you can amass these tools for your toolbox kit. You can either do as I did and buy them over a few years, or you can buy them all at once and spend thousands. I would suggest buying the most basic tool first since you will need them the most and they are more likely to pay for themselves the quickest. The additional tools you can buy based on any upcoming projects that require them.


With this guide, you will learn about the quality tools to invest in and then the complementary ones that can assist in most tasks. For those that are wondering if renting or buying is the best option, you should probably rent first and then decide on purchasing at a later date. I know that for many of the tools that I presently have, I first borrowed or rented them and then came back to a decision later down the line. Sometimes, it may be more than a year later before you decide to invest in a particular tool.


The MacGyver-esque Toolbox

The MacGyver-esque

According to actor Clint Eastwood in the film ‘Gran Torino’, half of the chores around your household can be done with only three things: vise grip (also known as adjustable pliers), duct tape, and WD-40. Did you know that pliers can be the stand-in for a number of tools including wire cutters, ratchet, a clamp, pipe wrench, and a hammer? With WD-40, you have more than 2,000 uses, and I am the type of person that does not even trust anyone that doesn’t have duct tape on hand. I have been able to use it for more things than I care to even mention.

A Basic Tool Box

Tools picture

These are some of the essentials that should be included in a basic toolbox. They include:

– screwdriver set

– claw hammer

– pliers

-adjustable wrench

– tape measure

– level

– utility knife

– flashlight

– electric drill

– a hacksaw

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Just Some Tools

Over the years, I have slowly but surely been amassing a collection of tools because of all the various DIY projects that I have undertaken The time has come now to replace one of my tools, my circular saw, and I have begun a rather intensive search of looking for a new one. Because many of my friends are avid DIYers, I did not have to look far for advice on the best brands out there to consider. What I already know is that there are far more brands out there than I bargained for and I knew I might be in for a few days and possibly weeks of checking prices and features before finally deciding on one to invest in.


In search of the best scroll saw, I first had a look at a number of sites, many of which also included the best hybrid table saw reviews that I knew I could trust. After deciding on a price point and certain features that I knew I wanted, here are the ones that made my short list that I believe most people would love to add to their own collections as they provide the most important features and come at affordable prices.


SKIL 5280-01

SKIL 5280-01

For this model in particular, I did a lot of testing hands-on and at the end of it all, I was quite impressed with what it had to deliver as it was high-powered, well-designed, easy to maneuver, and most importantly, very affordable. This saw can be used with both arbor-sized and standard-sized blades, enabling users to cut through 2-by-4s and also wood from a raw tree. The saw blades are not the fastest out there if you ask some users, but the 5,3000 rpms that it does produce is ample enough to get what most people need to be done.


What really turned me on to this circular saw is that it is so lightweight at only 8.7 pounds, making it by far one of the lightest in the industry. I found it quite simple to handle, well-balanced, and you can be assured of a cut that is straight and smooth each time. Dust gets cleared well with this model compared to others and that is why I put it at the top of my list.


– laser guide for precision cutting

– spindle lock and hex wrench included to make blade changing simple

– great dust removal


– lacks electric brake

– lacks rip fence

– short cord

Black & Decker CS1015

Black & Decker CS1015

For the DIYers out there that are on the hunt for a cheap circular saw, this Black & Decker is probably one of the best that you can buy For only $50, you get quite a lot, with the blades running at 5,500 rpms, a level that is respectable and enough for cuts that are short and quick.


– less than $50

– only 8.6 pounds

– comes with rip fence and onboard storage for tools


– lacks spindle lock

– lacks laser guide

– lacks positive bevel stops



There are some of us out there that are more than just DIYers. For those that are more along the lines of a contractor, professional builder, or craftsman, this is the workhouse circular saw you need in your life because it takes care of everything with no hassles at all. In several expert evaluations, is scored 100% on efficiency tests. It is almost the lightest tool of any that have been reviewed by me, coming in at only 8.8 pounds. Just because it is lightweight, do not make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t provide the right amount of power as there is a motor that is 15-amps that can deliver 5.200 rpms.


This is a bit slower than some I came across, but still performing better than most in cutting tests. The bevel capacity of 57 degrees means you can cut in just about any angle necessary, and it is easy to maneuver for top quality results. In tests for dust removal, it also received high marks, easily and quickly blowing dust and debris from the cut line so you won’t have to stop cutting to clear the surface.


– 100% efficiency test rating

– a long cord of 9 feet

– lightweight


– no rip fence

– no laser guide

slow rpms

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Dealing with Headaches

There are few things I detest as much as headaches and it seems that I get them every few weeks when I am at work. I have had such a struggle with them lately that I have begun asking for advice on how to cope with them and I am lucky that others have been so kind as to give me their suggestions on ways that I can alleviate them.

Making changes to my diet is something that I am considering, but I know that it could be a host of things when it comes to my headaches and migraines. For those that are suffering from migraines, you know that there is no rhyme or reason for when or where they come on. While mine mainly occur at work, they can be anywhere and they can really cause problems with those you work with as well as loved ones. So what are the best ways to reduce these problems? Here are some ways to identify and treat headaches.

Woman with headache

It helps substantially if you are able to discern what triggers your headaches since that is a great start to pinpointing the problem. For those of you that may not be sure, try to work on ways that can help you locate them as this is critical information in alleviating symptoms down the road. There is no reason why a busy work schedule should keep you from skipping meals either. This is one way in which people have their migraines triggered. I know that there are some people that get triggered by certain foods and should, therefore, learn to avoid these beverages and foods that can ignite a headache.


Some of these food and drink triggers include foods that are processed, cheese that is aged, cured meats, chocolate, nuts, baked goods that have yeast in them, beer, wine, and foods that contain MSG. For some people that may mean cutting Asian restaurants from their lives or giving up dairy. Each one of us is different and have to streamline according to what our bodies are telling us. The important thing to do is stay hydrated, no matter what you eat. I like to always have a bottle of water on the ready, and take sips throughout the day so that I am never thirsty.

Coffee and coffee beans

Caffeine is another drink that can trigger many people, and if you are included, you will have to find another source if you feel that you need a jolt in the morning. Ensure that you are getting enough sleep during the night so you won’t have to rely on caffeine in the mornings to wake you up.

Stress is a natural occurrence and we all have it, but there are definitely ways to minimize it and I think that if you have stress at work or at home, you should confront it head-on so that it does not linger and cause you additional stress. There are some people that have eyes that are sensitive to certain lights and that may involve you investing in lamps that don’t come with fluorescent bulbs or bulbs that offer soft lighting. Many people have to adjust the lights on their smartphones as this has been a cause of headaches for many people these days in this technological age we live in.

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