Safe Automatic Night Lights

Safe Automatic Night Lights

(Safe Automatic Night Lights -Image via SnapPower)

If you haven’t yet heard of the latest, new invention in night lights, you have got to see these. I have to say that I absolutely love this product. I ordered just a few to start with, but after seeing how they work, I immediately went back for more. They are  safe, automatic, night lights that camouflages themselves as outlet covers. (keep reading…)

Epoxy Grout – Laticrete SpectraLOCK Pro!

Epoxy Grout

(Epoxy Grout – Photo by KuDa Photography)

There is nothing more satisfying than finishing a beautiful tile layout. However, there is also nothing more annoying than having a great job ruined by the stains that are almost sure to come. Even diligently applying sealer on a regular schedule can not stand up to some accidents that may happen. To solve this problem, I use epoxy grout – specifically, SpectraLock’s epoxy grout. (keep reading…)

Link Party -The Bees Knees 001

The Bees Knees - Link Party

The Bees Knees link party – 001

Hello and welcome to the first weekend link party for Queen Bee of Honey Dos. I plan to have a party like this each week until…. well, I haven’t decided on that just yet. I guess we will see how things go, but I imagine this will last at least for the next year. If all goes well, I will continue to host this party for as long as you all continue to join it. 🙂 (…..Keep Reading)

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig

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I love the Kreg jigs, but my favorite is the pocket hole jig. If you enjoy DIY woodworking, a pocket hole jig is something that you should really consider. It makes it easy to make strong connections without needing a lot of specialty equipment. Also the screws themselves act as a clamp, drawing the butt joints together. You don’t get that benefit from biscuits or dowels.

kreg pocket hole jig

So which one to buy…… Well, the Kreg pocket hole system comes in many different packages, ranging from just the basics all the way to the complete systems. If your on a really tight budget, then the Mini Kreg Jig is probably what you will want. Keep in mind that it only allows for one pocket hole to be drilled at a time. You will also need a clamp for this one, which does not come with it. However, the price is nice at around $20.

 

However, if you can swing it, I would suggest moving up to the the Kreg R3 Jr. It allows for double pocket holes to be drilled with each placement. It also comes with a drive bit, a selection of screws to get started with, and a clamp pad. As with the Mini Kreg, you will still need to provide a clamp, but I believe that this is a better deal for around $40.

 

The next level up would be the K4 coming it just under $100. It is by far the best value; however, I have built plenty with just the R3 Jr.  All three systems can be purchased at just about any of the big box hardware stores or at Amazon.

How to use the rs

I wanted to provide a demonstration on one of these, and since I feel that most shopper would be inclined to purchase the R3, that is the one I will use.

KR3

If you look inside the kit, you will notice that the drill bit has numbers next to it. This is to adjust the collar for the right thickness of wood. Here I have it set for 1/2″. As you can see, the top edge of the collar is lined up with the mark for 1/2.”

R3

The guide also has numbers on the bottom. Line the arrows up with the thickness as well. Again, I have it set to 1/2″

Thread Shelf Instructions

To use the R3, attach the clamp through the clamp housing, align with wood edge and clamp down to table.

Thread ShelfNext, drill through the pocket hole guides. Make sure to go all the way until the collar meets the guide.

Thread ShelfYou should now have two perfectly drilled pocket holes.

Thread ShelfClamp the two joining pieces of wood down, and drive the pocket hole screws through the holes using the bit that is provided with the kit.

Tip – Make sure to use the correct length and type of pocket hole screws. A fine thread is for hardwoods, and the course thread screws are for soft.

This is just a sample of the Kreg line of pocket hole systems. If you have used and/or prefer one of the others, I would love to hear your comments.

Fast, Easy, Drywall Anchors.

Self-Drilling Drywall anchors

I hate having to pre drill holes for wall anchors. Then, having to hammer the anchor into the wall, only to have the anchor fail, leaving a nasty hole in the wall. Not to mention, you can not get a fresh anchor to sit snuggly in the same hole. So, you are left with either trying a larger anchor or shifting over to a new spot on the wall. Plus, it is such a hassle lugging out so many tools (drill, drill bit, screw driver bits, hammers, etc.) just to hang one item. So,  when I first discovered these self drilling anchors, I was apprehensive about their claims of ease and weight capacity. However, I decided to give it a go, and I am so glad that I did. I began using them for all of my interior wall decor that required anchors. (…..Keep Reading)