How to Prevent Home Fires

Prevent Home Fires

Preventing fires in the home is paramount for security. Because of the modern structures of today’s homes and the chemical composition of the materials that go into building them, fires can quickly go from small flames to raging infernos.

But with these quick tips, you will be able to prevent this from happening to you.

Home Fires Destroy Lives

By taking special care to ensure that you prevent any and all fires from occurring in your home, you can lessen the damages caused by out of control flames, prevent injury, and even prevent fires from occurring whatsoever.

Flame Prevention Tips

Plenty of people have been trained since preschool on what to do in the case of a fire, but what do you do to prevent fires? Prevention is the best solution.

Keep Outlets Clear

If you have an outlet connected to a surge protector with every single input occupied by a tangled heap of cables, you are at risk of a fire.

Using your outlets in this way not only enables people to trip over cables and spark the walls but also increases the odds of overloading your circuits and causing an electrical fire.

Maintain Proper Storage of Flammable Items

Proper fire prevention requires that flammable items, such as gasoline and propane, be clearly marked and kept away from any heat or electrical sources. This decreases the likelihood of a stray spark causing an explosion and spreading flames across your home.

Conclusion

Fire prevention is the best tool to use against fires. If you keep your outlets clear and maintain proper storage of flammable items, your home will be far less likely to go down in flames or up in smoke.

How to Survive When You Are Attacked By a Bear

Attacked By a Bear

Bears are some of the most formidable enemies that you could encounter on any ordinary forest excursion. Running doesn’t work. Climbing doesn’t work.

What other options are there? We’ll give you two that are certain to increase your chances of survival.

“Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!”

In the wilderness, animals have the home field advantage. They know the area, they know their prey, and they have something to protect (their families and territory). By memorizing the following few tips and tricks, you’ll know how to survive when attacked by a bear.

Survival Strategies for Bear Attacks

If a bear has fixed its eyes on you and is stancing to attack, you only have a few seconds to choose a plan of defense, or else you’re done for. In that split second, remember these tips.

Use Bear Mace

Bear mace is a form of pepper spray designed to remove a bear’s will to fight and send them running off. Using bear mace to survive bear attacks is almost always effective, sometimes more so than a firearm, with the only major downside being that you risk hitting yourself as well.

Still, pepper spray is certainly preferable to a bear claw.

Play Dead

With the immense strength and speed at a grizzly bear’s disposal, you will not outrun or out fight it. Fortunately, most of the time, they don’t want to kill you. They want to stop you from threatening them, and that means killing you.

By playing dead, you allow them to think that they have neutralized the threat without actually killing you.

Conclusion

Bears are terrifying. We know. But if you make sure to always carry bear mace with you and play dead as a last resort, you’ll be much more likely to survive a bear attack.

How to Stop Any Bleeding

Bandaid on Finger

Stopping the bleeding is the first step in preventing further injury after an accident, attack, or other violent encounter.

A general rule of thumb in the medical field reads, “If you can’t stop the bleeding, you can’t save the life.”

Common Cause of Fatalities

In military combat scenarios 90% of potentially survivable injuries that resulted in death were the result of the inability of the troops to stop the casualty’s bleeding. By committing these following tips to heart, you make yourself better capable to protect life and limb.

It Is Easier than You Might Think

The primary difficulty isn’t stopping the bleeding; it’s remembering what you need to do during the stress and terror of the situation. Keeping calm is the biggest challenge in any emergency situation.

Apply Pressure to the Wound

The first thing anybody will tell you is that applying pressure to the wound can stop the bleeding. Start by padding gauze on the wound itself. Then wrap the bandage around tightly, but not so tightly as to cut off circulation.

Tourniquets are only necessary when the limb is already lost or must be sacrificed to save the person’s life.

Watch for Blood Spurts

If blood spurts out of the wound, then that person’s life is in imminent danger. They have just severed an artery. To stop an artery from bleeding, pressure typically works as well. However, these blood spurts could also indicate internal bleeding, which might require immediate surgery.

Conclusion

If applying pressure to the wound and monitoring for blood spurts doesn’t work within ten minutes of beginning first-aid, more dire circumstances are coming. This is why your first concern should always be to contact emergency medical healthcare professionals.

How to Set a Bonfire Correctly

Set a Bonfire

There’s a reason that fire is considered technology. It’s difficult to make, tough to keep going, and requires a detailed understanding of the processes involved.

With a few short tips, we’ll help you get a better understanding of these processes so that you can correctly set a bonfire.

The Life of the Party

Few things can kill the ambiance at a backyard party than the host’s inability to get the fire going. Guests simply don’t tend to enjoy being cold and incapable of seeing each other while being eaten alive by bugs. Get that fire going, or your party isn’t going to last much longer. 

Burn, Baby, Burn!

Even though fire has been around for millenia, people still struggle with it. In fact, even the tips and tricks are much more complicated than you might expect.

The Importance of Structure

Homes can be engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds but that spark in your fire isn’t catching no matter how hard you try. Why? Because of the structure.

By properly stacking wood for a fire in forms like the “teepee” or the “log cabin,” you significantly increase the likelihood of your larger logs catching.

Tinder, Kindling, and Fuel

The art of the flame is more than just the proper arrangement of logs. You need to have a fitting amount of tinder, kindling, and fuel for the fire to catch.

Tinder is soft, leafy brush capable of catching easily. Kindling is medium-density, capable of catching less easily but staying lit. And fuel is the larger logs that don’t catch easily but can stay lit for hours.

Conclusion

If you know the importance of structure and have the proper assortment of tinder, kindling, and fuel, then you’ll be able to light a fire just about anywhere!

How to Paint Your Own Deck

Paint Your Own Deck

A plain wooden deck can be a frustrating aspect of any home, not to mention a total eyesore if the color of the wood’s finish doesn’t match the exterior paint of the home.

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to turn your deck into a color that you’re bound to enjoy.

Mismatched Colors

Ordinarily, people jump at the chance to have a deck with a natural wood finish put in. However, when that natural wood is a color that clashes with the exterior paint and design of the home, problems can arise.

However, the solution is relatively straight-forward: just paint it!

Practical Painting

Exterior painting projects can be quite challenging when compared to interior painting. With a deck, it’s not as simple as just applying some primer and throwing some paint on. There’s a lot more to it than that.

First, you’re going to want to wash every nook and cranny of the deck from top to bottom and side to side. Power wash it if you can. Once it’s clean, add in a mold-deterrent to prevent mold from building up underneath the finished coats. Sand the surfaces until smooth.

Next, add a layer or two of primer before painting. The paint that you use should be explicitly designed for outdoor use, or else it will likely peel off and get destroyed at the first sign of poor weather.

Conclusion

It’s a lot more complicated than you first thought, isn’t it? Maybe, maybe not! All that really matters is that you follow the advice given in this guide. From there, it’s only as complicated as you make it!

How to Choose the Right Shrubbery for Your Garden

Choose the Right Shrubbery for Your Garden

Everybody has seen this image before: a beautiful garden, a nice yard with nice bushes, maybe a couple of trees, but the driveway and the curb have been totally destroyed by roots. These people did not buy the shrubbery for their yards or gardens.

Avoid Damages to the Foundation

Taller trees and bushes have longer roots. That’s just a fact of biology. By following the advice in this guide, you’ll no longer be limited in what you can or can’t do with your garden, because you’ll know how to make your vision manifest without damaging the property value.

This is More of an Art than a Science

Choosing the right shrubbery for your garden falls more into the realm of exterior design than to landscaping, meaning there is a lot of personal preference mucking up any discussion on the dos and don’ts. However, there are still a good number of objective qualities to the art.

First, don’t plant large bushes near foundations such as that of the house or the driveway. This can cause increases in moisture in the foundation, cracks as roots push through the concrete or asphalt, and increased presence of bugs such as termites.

Second, make sure not to overplant one season’s shrubbery. By planting an equal amount of shrubs that shine in each of the four seasons, you’ll have a more ornamental and embellished yard year-round rather than having a massively overgrown front porch in Summer with a dead and barren desert in Winter.

Conclusion

There are, of course, countless more tips on how to choose the right shrubbery to make your garden (and your yard) stand out in a positive way, but size and season are the two biggest items to take into consideration.

How to Seal Your Driveway

Seal Your Driveway

Protecting your driveway from the elements is a necessity. It might take days, it might take weeks, it might even take years, but nature always wins. Just look at what a bit of water and wind did to the Grand Canyon!

However, if you properly seal your driveway, you can increase its erosion and weathering endurance ten fold.

Water Damage

Water is one of the most damaging enemies of an asphalt driveway. It can get into the cracks, freeze, and expand those cracks, or it can nurture and nourish plant life, the roots of which will ruin the driveway’s foundation. Either way, sealing your driveway against the elements mitigates all of these risks.

It’s Super Easy

Sealing your driveway with any kind of sealer is an incredibly simple task, especially if you’re using no-mix sealer. No-mix sealer enables you to get right to work the moment you open the pail.

Start by cleaning the driveway, picking out the weeds, and edge-trimming its borders. Once this is done, take out your asphalt squeegee and start pouring sealer.

This process might take you several hours, depending on how large your driveway is, so make sure to start in the morning to give yourself plenty of time before the sunlight fades.

Conclusion

One of the best ways to prevent additional weathering and erosion of your driveway is to seal it. It might take a few hours and you might need to ask somebody for a few pointers, but trust us, the work you do in one weekend could save you up to thirty years of stress.

How to Skim Coat Your Driveway

Skim Coat Your Driveway

First off, what’s a skim coat? A skim coat is a fine layer of concrete, usually between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch, layered on top of another layer of older chipped and cracking concrete. It helps maintain a well-kept and regulated exterior. 

Improved Durability and Safety

It’s easy to trip on an exposed crack in the driveway while carrying groceries or to kick up a few chipped pieces of concrete while edge-trimming near your driveway. In either case, the consequences can sometimes result in hospital visits.

However, if you skim coat your driveway once every several years, you can turn those hefty hospital bills into cheap and affordable concrete.

Even Beginners Can Skim-Coat

The actual process of skim-coating, while labor-intensive, isn’t incredibly complicated. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, skim coats are well within your grasp.

Applying a skim coat takes multiple layers. If you only do one coat, you’ll likely end up with an awkward finish in most places and not much of anything else in a few others. The first coat should have slightly more water in the mix.

The second coat should have slightly less water in the mix. Typically this is the coat in which the colors are mixed in to match your driveway’s exterior. 

Once you’ve finished applying both coats, go in with a squeegee and a trowel and make sure the driveway is as smooth and level as possible.

Conclusion

Skim coats are something that almost anybody can do. Whether you’re partially disabled and looking for an easier way to fix up your driveway or you’re just looking for an interesting project to undertake in your downtime, skim-coating your driveway can be just the thing you need.

How to Edge Your Lawn with a String Trimmer

Edge Your Lawn with a String Trimmer

Yard work can be tough, sweaty, and one heck of a workout, but why should it be frustrating? When you finish mowing your lawn, trimming the hedges, and blowing the grass, you should be able to look back on your work and smile.

With this guide on how to properly edge your lawn with a string trimmer, also called a “weed whacker,” we hope to help you accomplish just that!

A Neat and Even Appearance

String trimmers, not to be confused with edge trimmers, are great for evening out hard-to-reach locations that your mower isn’t able to fit into, such as around posts, mailboxes, or near walls.

By using a string trimmer on these tough edges, you make your lawn look that much more presentable and must just a little more enviable.

String Trimming in Practice

First and foremost, glasses! There’s a reason that professional landscaping men and women always wear protective lenses: there’s always a chance that a stray pebble, a whacked weed, or a loose string can sever from the edger and render you blind in one or both eyes. Wear glasses!

The first actual step involves powering on the weed whacker, which can be quite a hassle. This typically requires both hands, one to stabilize the device and the other to pull at the starter. Some models require you to press a button to increase fuel uptake while starting as well.

Next, simply press the rotating strings into the line of the weeds or grass that you’re targeting, making sure to maintain the same height throughout for an even look.

Conclusion

There you have it: a nicely cut lawn edged with a string trimmer. While it sure can be difficult to first get the hang of string trimmers, practice makes perfect. By your third or fourth try, you’ll be trimming with ease!

How to Make a Bracelet with Strings and Hexagonal Nuts

Make a Bracelet with Strings

Bracelets don’t have to be expensive gold, silver, or even platinum. If you make one yourself, using strings and hexagonal nuts, not only will you save potentially hundreds of dollars but you’ll also have a stylish, individualized piece of jewelry certain to catch the eye.

All Jewelry Blurs Together

After a long enough time searching for the best jewelry to wear or give as a gift, it all starts to blur together. Sure, the more experience you get shopping for jewelry, the more you can tell each item apart, but can you remember the last hundred items? The last twenty?

If you make yours yourself, you might be able to answer that question positively!

Handmade Jewelry

First, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of high-tensile twine (three pieces, each cut into one-yard lengths) and as many hexagonal nuts as you want, preferably all identical and equal in size.

Next, begin the process by tying the three strands into a knot, taking special care to ensure that they remain parallel and don’t get tangled coming out of the knot.

The third step is the longest: begin braiding the twine together, weaving each strand through the hex nuts as you go. The nuts should overlap diagonally with one another as shown here.

At the end, just tie another knot the same as in the beginning and enjoy!

Conclusion

Hopefully now you can see that braided hex-nut bracelets really can look as beautiful as professional jewelry while also bringing a homey, metallic aesthetic to bear. Oh, and of course, you get to say that you made it yourself! Who can say the same for their jewelry?