Ideas to Organize a Garage

The garage is the place you will store your vehicle. But you can also do other things on it. If you are into DIY or fixing stuff by yourself, a garage is the best place for you to do that. It can be your space for loosening up after a stressful week and would want to do something productive. A garage will be certainly having all of the tools that you need and purchase. You may have started with the basics but as the time comes, you will have a collection without even noticing it.

With your tools on hand, you will need to organize them. This is not only to look good and clean but also will be easier for you to navigate and find the ones that you will need. Here are some things you will add to your garage and ways to organize your tools:

1. Bins

Bins are the best place to keep your things together in one place. You can even organize and arrange them depending on you. You can have it color-coded or if you have many hammers or screwdrivers, you can put them in one place, and you can easily find them in case you need them. The great thing about bins is that it comes in a variety of sizes, so you can definitely choose them accordingly.

2. Shelves

Any place in your house, whether indoors or outdoors, shelves are really handy to have in your room. With them, you can store your belongings or necessities. It is mentioned above that bins are a great way to store your tools in one place. You can definitely place them on the shelves and also organize them according to your style. As for the bigger tools like a welding machine or garage air compressor, you can put them beside those shelves where you can see and access them easily.

3. Racks

Racks are like shelves but more portable. You can have it attached with a rope though. And because it tends to be less durable, you may only store your lighter tools with them. But it will be certainly handy if you need something more within you to reach for it can be placed by your workbench or can easily be transported if it is light enough.

4. Lockers

You can keep some of your working clothes like a mask, gloves, and goggles in it. But it could also be additional storage, especially for more expensive tools. If you have children, you can also use this to store harmful chemicals and tools, and it will certainly be out of their reach.

5. Pegboard

A pegboard is where you can hang your tools. It will certainly look organized and also easier for you to look for the things you need. It is also easy access. In addition to that, it can also come in a different arrangement. There is a pegboard wall storage where you can have a door for it or have the cabinet door as a pegboard. Not only you will be organized, but you will also be saving space too.

Tool Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Being your own handyman is great for your pocket. Every time something needs to be fixed, you will not need to call someone, and it saves you a lot of time and money. Add to that, there is something therapeutic in making or fixing things on your own. But in addition to that, you will have to get and invest in your own tools. They are not cheap at times especially if you are looking for something of high quality and will be with you for years. You can always start with something simple and go on from there. It will be worth it in the end.

Having tools means they need to be organized and stored. It will be a lot trickier if you have a small space, but not impossible. You will just have to be wise and creative when it comes to this. Here are some ideas for that:

1. Portable Workbench

A workbench is a place where all the work is done. It functions as a desk in offices or for your work. As it is portable, you can keep it somewhere to save space. You can also have storage under the work surface where you can keep some of your smaller tools like hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Even some of the smaller power tools like drills or even a portable air compressor.

2. Racks

You can set up racks anywhere you want to be space-saving. It could be on a wall or behind a door. You can have it permanently in one place by attaching or you can have something with wheels, so you can bring it in whatever space you want.

3. Pegboard

A pegboard is where you usually hang your smaller tools. It is handy because it is organized and within reach. It is also easy to find the things you will need. You can also have it customized and have it in another structure like having it as cabinet storage or using the door of a cabinet as a pegboard.

4. Wall Cabinet

One of the best storage solutions is having your cabinet at the wall. This makes the ground more spacious. With a wall cabinet, you can also accommodate your bigger tools. You can even have a toolbox in there that will be handy if you need something prepared for on the go.

5. Pullout Storage Case and Shelves

By adding pullouts on your walls, you will be having your walls for good use and the room will be more spacious and maximized for your workbench or any other activity for crafting. It will also be easier access for you.

6. Recycled Materials

Do you have jars lying around your house? Instead of throwing them away, you can use them to store nails or screws or any other smaller equipment. You can keep them in your cabinets or workbench. You can even attach them by screwing the lids. This way, you can save money and recycle. It is also a good way to save space.

How To Inflate Pool Toys

With the summer’s heat, we find ways to cool down. It could be treating ourselves and eating ice cream or milkshakes. You could also hang out in cooler places like a library or a cafe or even a mall. But the best way to fight off the heat is dipping in a pool. You can either go to a resort or your local public pool. Some even have in their own backyards, and it could be you or a friend. You do not even need a real pool. You can set an inflated pool in your backyard. It does not have to be only enjoyed by kids. If it is big enough, why not join? To add to the fun, you can have some inflated toys with you. It could part of an activity or just have it around to play with. 

Of course, inflated pool toys will need air, and here are some ways to inflate them:

Manually

This will require you to inflate them using your own breath. You will need to blow through the valve stem like blowing air in a balloon. It is not easy but can be done especially if the toy is only small. It is not advisable for bigger ones though because there is a risk you might run of air, but can still be done. 

Air Pump

An air pump could either be done by hand or foot. It is tiresome but less so than blowing it with your own breath. There are also air pumps that are operated with electricity or battery. It might be more expensive but certainly less tiring for you.

Air Compressor

An air compressor has many uses. It is used for powering up your power tools and inflating tires of your car or bicycle. It also can be a tool for inflating household items such as airbeds, air furniture, pools, floats, and toys. Air compressors also come in different sizes. You can have a pancake air compressor that is suitable for your personal needs and home.

Shop-Vac

A shop vac is a type of vacuum usually used for picking up dirt, debris, and even liquid and is usually used for construction or woodworking. It can also be used as an inflator. You will just need an inflator nozzle. 

Hair Dryer

Another way is by using a hairdryer. You will have to use it on a cool setting. But of course, the downside of this is that it does not have a nozzle. So, you will have to accommodate something or just hold it in place. It is a lot easier than blowing it manually.

Garbage Bag

Apparently, garbage bags can also be used for inflating. If you do not have any of the above around and doing it manually is tiring and out of the question, you can use a garbage bag. You will just need to have air in the bag then squeeze it in the inflatable toy until it is full of air.

Additional Tips:

  1. Be sure to not over inflate it or it might blow up.
  2. To know the air is enough, push it on with your hands, and it should be completely firm.
  3. Be sure to place the cap of the valve properly to seal it.

How To Inflate Car Tires At Home

Nowadays, especially if you are not living in a city, having a car or any type of vehicle is a necessity. It will be less hassle compared to taking public transports or going to carpools. But of course, it does not mean it would be less expensive. Like us, vehicles need to be checked up, so you would know it is safe to use. If you fail to this, it might cause an accident. 

Car maintenance is not cheap. But if you can do it yourself, you might save a lot more. One of the most common things you will need to check in your car is the tires. It is necessary to guarantee your safety. With these simple steps, you can do it by yourself and do not need to go to an auto repair shop.

Checking Tire Pressures

  1. One of the easiest ways to check is investing in a digital tire gauge. You can keep it within your car, so you can use it anytime and anywhere.
  2. Be sure to check it while the tires are cold. It is said that the best time is during the morning. If you are driving it for a while, you will have to wait for at least 30 minutes to cool down before checking it.
  3. To check the pressure, place the gauge on the valve.
  4. Take note of the pressure and refer to it upon filling.

Inflating Tires

  1. Before anything, remove the valve stem caps. Set them aside in a safe place.
  2. To fill in tires, you will use an air pump or an air compressor.
  3. Like checking the pressure, inflating also should be done when the tires are cold.
  4. Have the air valve to the tire valve and hold it right there. 
  5. After filling all your tires, check it again with your gauge to be sure you have enough. You can add or remove the air. Just be sure to check it again.
  6. Remember to replace the caps after the inflation.

What if needs replacement?

There will be a time that inflation would not be enough. If your tire is completely destroyed by a nail or any other sharp objects, it will need to be brought to an auto repair shop. Age is also another reason. If it is already used in five years, it might need some inspection, but it might need to be replaced if it is already ten years. This is a precaution and your safety. Spare tires are included in this. Then there is also what they called a Lincoln penny test. You will have the penny placed upside down (Lincoln’s head) on the tire tread. If the entire head is seen, it is time to replace your tire. If it is only a small part, it might be a consideration but not totally in need. You can also check in a few areas to be sure. If you want it to be more accurate though, you might need a tread depth gauge or ask a professional. Another thing to check with your tire is damages. If there are enough, it might need some replacing.