From cool tools to handy appliances, we saw it all at the 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Here’s my list of 15 impressive products that really stood out in four days on the floor at the show. Read on to find out more about my “fifteen faves” from IBS.
Jac asks, “Any advice for simple, inexpensive ways to winterize an apartment?”
Since you don’t own your residence, your options for energy reduction are limited to ones that won’t require making physical changes to your apartment. However, there are still a number of ways you can save energy.
Most cracks in slabs are small expansion cracks that should not pose a problem. If the crack will show, it can be filled with a concrete repair caulk. If the crack is 1/4” wide or wider, and one side is a different height than the other, you may have a settling problem that should be examined by a structural engineer.
While you should to screw or nail directly into a stud whenever possible when attaching to a wall, often a stud is not located where it’s needed. Plastic anchors provide little holding power in drywall, so use molly or toggle bolts when hanging heavy objects, since they spread out behind the wall, providing much more support. Watch this video to find out more.
To remove wooden posts from the ground, screw a block of wood to the side of the post, stack concrete blocks next to it to form a fulcrum, position a 2×4 under the block of wood and over the fulcrum, then pull down on it to pull the post out of the ground. Watch this video to find out more.