How to Disaster Proof Your Home

When you turn on the news,there is always the news that an earthquake, a storm or a tornado hit some area in the world. Having lived in Manila where there are both earthquakes and storms, I have learned to TRY to disaster-proof my home. I have to explain however that to completely disaster-proof one’s home is impossible but there are safety measures and home “arrangements” which can lessen the impact of disasters when it happens to strike.


1. Make sure to check your roofing often. In case of a storm or a tornado, it is usually the roof gets blown away first. Make sure that you have no loose shingles. There is nothing like a strong and sturdy roof because that keeps the whole house protected.

2. If you see cracks in your walls have it checked by a forman or an architect. Find out why your walls have cracks, it could be a sign of erosion or an indication that you would need to add more steel to reinforce your concrete. It may cost you but better safe than sorry.

3. Make a low “safe room” where you can leave your stock of food and water supply just in case of a tornado. A safe room is something that is has a LOWER roof than that of your other rooms. Of course, you can also transform your basement into a “safe room” but make sure to stock it well. The idea of a “safe room” is sommon in countries like Israel because usually these rooms are made of the hardest concrete and are “boom proof”. A safe room is something similar to a mini-air raid shelter. Good for storms and tornadoes.

4. Give every memeber of your family a flashlight. Make sure that they are located near their bed so that should anything happen during the night, they would have enough light to make their way out of their rooms to the “safe room” or basement.

5. Always keep your cellphone charged in case of emergencies. Better still, have an extra cellphone battery for always fully charged for emergencies.

6. Purchase handy mini radios – – always make sure that you have at least 3 of these handy radios available so you know what’s happening in case disaster strikes and electricity is cut off.

7. Make it a point to get “step lights” of battery operated lights that you can step on and put in our stairway and bathroom. The stairs are an importat focal point of the home in case of an emergency.

8. Get an emergency bag packed. That means have a bag that contains all your family medications, important identifications, spare cash or a credit card plus other important health supplies.

9. Always have a complete first aid kit.

best drill press for metal work – up close look & buying guide

As you should know if you’ve been working with metal for a while now, there are tasks that are tiring and harder than necessary if you don’t have the proper equipment at hand. For the best results you need to use a tool that is specifically suited to whichever material you’re working with and whatever project you’re building. So if you’re working with metal, and you’re looking for a drill press then you need to choose one built specifically for working with metal. That’s why we’ve put this guide together. To help you get the best drill press for metal work. And to help you do it without breaking your budget!

working with metal safely

The first thing to remember when you’re operating a drill press with metal is the basic safety procedures.
For a start always clamp the piece you’re working on down firmly. You can use a drill press vise or C-clamp for this.
If you forget to secure the work-piece it could spin out of control, the worst case scenario could result in a serious injury. Another factor to consider when working with metal is to wear safety goggles. Safety goggles are a must-have because metal shavings more so than wood shavings are very dangerous for your eyes.

Top things to keep in mind before you buy

Because metal can be very tough to penetrate you should choose a drill press that has a motor with at least 1/2 HP. The more the better. Ideally it should also have adjustable speed settings, as depending on the metal that you’re drilling into you will need to either speed up or slow down the drill bit.
If you’re working with big pieces of metal you’ll probably need a large column. At least 8 inches should be more than sufficient in most cases, but if you’re unsure get the tape-measure out and double check


Top recommendation

Keeping in mind all of the factors listed above, the WEN 4208 is a great drill press all-around, and specifically for those wanting to work with metal. It’s also perfect for wood and helping you complete other hobby projects.

wen 4208 drill press

Top things to consider before buying an Angle grinder for your work shop


You should think about the type of metal/material you plan to use your grinder on. Some metal may not require a high RPM, while others you will need 9000RPM+ to make a good job of it. The more demanding the tasks, the more you will need a high quality angle grinder that can reach these extremely high speeds. Another consideration that goes hand in hand with speed is horsepower.

How Well Built is it?

You should make sure you go for a good angle grinder with lots of reviews. It’s best to have a look around online forums about DIY so you can get a sense for what the community feels about a given product. I wouldn’t recommend buying a cheap crappy model as it will only cost you more down the line when you need to get it repaired etc.


Different Disc Sizes

There are a few different options when it comes to choosing the size of angle grinder you want. The choices can range from 3 inches up to about 10. This is basically only needed to worry about if you need extremely large discs for your projects (most people don’t).


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What type of saw do you need – Purchasing Guide

If you’re a keen builder, or planning on getting started with wood work you will without a doubt need a saw. But the question is which type of saw is the right one for you? Well, there are actually many different options, all suited to slightly different tasks. We will try to clear up which type of saw is right for you in this article.


Coping Saw


The Coping saw is mostly used for work that requires a very high level of precision. It consists of a frame/handle and a thin blade secured between the frame (known as the bow saw style). Although the coping saw is quite small in size, it can be a great saw to do delicate tasks with. One common use of the coping saw is for things like adding fine details to woodwork or furniture. Unlike the hacksaw, the coping saw has teeth that face towards the handle. This is the ideal tool for anyone wanting to do woodwork that values precision over all.



 The Hacksaw

The hack saw is similar to the coping saw in design, although it’s used for different tasks. It is a bow style saw, which means it has a blade with teeth on it running between either end of the frame in which it is secured. Hack saws are fantastic and versatile, they provide high precision yet are still very strong. The main use of the hack saw is to saw through metal, like aluminum, steel, etc.



Hand Saw

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The most common saw that everyone knows about is the Hand saw. Most people, even those who aren’t interested in wood work will have a hand saw somewhere in their house. They are truly fantastic tool, that will last for years if you choose a good quality model. The best hand saws are made with high quality metal, and the teeth will remain sharp enough to saw through wood with ease for a long time.