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Imported Tools vs. Brand Name - Are They As Good?
So you are looking for hand or power tools on the Internet or in a "brick & Mortar" tool store, and you keep running into tools imported from China, Taiwan, Korea, Germany and various other countries. A lot of these tools seem to be priced well under the comparable "name brand" tools you are used to? are they as good or better, or are they just cheap knockoffs.
A larger percentage of these tool deserve a better look, they are in many cases as good as, or better, and usually a very good bargain when compared side by side with their "brand name" counterparts.
In the last few years the quality of tools produced in many of the Asian countries has increased significantly...they are no longer the "knuckle busters" of the past. This is really the same path that the Japanese tool producers followed in the sixty's and seventies, we all recall the rather poor quality of Japanese products coming to the US...cars, tools, electronics were all of dubious value. As these producers learned more about our market, our expectations and started making money...the quality of what they produced and offered for sale became very good. Today many of the products from Japan rival the quality of anything produced anywhere in the world.
Look for a reputable retailer either "brick & Mortar", or online. Make sure they stand behind what they sell. You may find that the tool you are buying is a great value.
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Conservatory Blinds - the Finishing Touch
There's no doubt that blinds add the finishing touch to any conservatory or sunroom, whether it is used as a sitting room, dining room, playroom or office. The ability to control heat and glare makes the room usable throughout the year, offering protection from the sun in the summer and retaining heat in the winter.
What You Should Know About Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring imitates the aspect of traditional wood. Their biggest advantage is that they are very easy to install and very durable.
Decorating Ideas to Make Your Living Room more Livable
Above all else, the furniture in the living-room should make it livable. It should be grouped so that it offers centers of interest, convenience and comfort.
Helpful Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Functionality and aesthetics are the two main objectives of any kitchen remodeling plan. A kitchen must provide an efficient working place, even while it looks good.
Sofa slipcovers - Give your home an instant makeover!
Sofa slipcovers are designed to be easy to fit over your existing upholstery, to give your furniture a fresh new look and protect the fabric underneath. If your favorite sofa is looking a bit tired or outdated, but is generally in good condition, you could give it a new lease of life simply by adding some stylish sofa covers.
Things to Consider when Buying a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi Tub
We recently purchased a new Hot Tub and Gazebo from Cal Spas in Minnesota. The purchase was not something we planned, just something that caught our eye when visiting the Minnesota State Fair.
Ceiling Fans - That Dont Require The Ceiling
The trend in remodeling homes is to expand the outdoor backyard or patio into a lovely room where you can entertain. It just makes sense to extend your surroundings to be more useful.
Seven Energy Conservation Tips to Help Homeowners Save Money
In an effort to help consumers in the Atlanta area combat high utility bills, RS Andrews provides this consumer awareness release to advise homeowners on seven ways that they can conserve energy to save money each summer.Tip Number One: Set the temperature on your thermostat a little higher.
Reviewing and Evaluating Laminate Floors
Since the introduction of laminate flooring into the US in 1982, the sector has experienced growth of up to 20% per annum at the expense of other floor types, making laminate the fastest growing floor type in the country. The appeal lies not only in its aesthetic value of its representation of real hardwood, but also due to its incredible durability and ease of maintenance.
Checking for Asbestos in Your Home
If you are concerned about asbestos exposure you are not alone. Many individuals wonder if they have been exposed, and if so, what they can do to help protect their health.
Painting and Decorating Tile
Ceramic tile can be beautiful and elegant. But it can also be bland and uninspired.
Guide to Bathroom Design
The first step is to plan the design - as with kitchens, your local supplier will run off a computer-generated plan based on the room's dimensions and your particular requirements.If you're sticking with the same layout, measure your bathroom suite carefully before you go shopping for a replacement so that you know the new items will fit.
Home Inspection Basics
The Home InspectorWhen you think about it, it is a bit odd. A person hires a stranger to snoop around another stranger's house for a couple hours and report back.
Installing Vinyl Siding - Making It Simple
Installing vinyl siding can be a very rewarding process that could dramatically change the appearance of your home. For the most part, if you plan your job well and adhere to some simple guide lines, anyone could learn how to install siding to there home.
Swimming Pools - Lets Get Wet
"Beverly Hills. Swimming pools.
Why Not Add a Shower To Your Bathroom?
If you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom and redoing or adding showers to them, consider all of your choices. The age we live in has allowed us many choices in what we want in our homes.
Hot Tub Heaven
What will your next home improvement project be? Will it be an inground pool or how about a new deck? Why not consider a hot tub for the new deck? A hot tub is great for relaxing year round. There are lots of things to consider when shopping for your first hot tub.
Repairing a Hole in a Sheetrocked Wall
It is quite simple to repair a hole in a Sheetrocked wall, however there are minor differences in methods of repair depending on how large the hole is.Small size holes (1/4" or smaller)With small holes, simply apply a little joint compound or wall putty with a small putty knife or trowel.
Buyers Guide For Modern Mailboxes
Modern mailboxes are made predominately from cast aluminumor stainless steel, and will give you many years ofreliable service. A stylish, fashionable, modern mailboxwill send a message of superior taste and an eye for value.
Brighten Up Your Patio With Sun Catchers
Sun catchers add sparkle and beauty to any room in your home. Far beyond the paint-n-bake sun catchers of childhood, sun catchers come in a huge variety of styles that dazzle the eye.
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