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How to Choose Your Next Home DIY Projects

Since the holidays are over and Spring is just around the corner, now is time to start planning those home DIY projects. But the question is how to choose which project to do. There are so many on the list.

You need to compile the total wish list and prioritize the projects. Then make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. And keep YouTube close to help you with the How-To part of the projects.

In prioritizing the projects, Veri Construction states in their post called Suggestions on How to Prioritize Your Home Remodeling Projects;

  1. Need – This can be driven by the need to repair your home. There can also be the need that is driven by a new addition to the family, such as a child or a parent.
  2. Desire – There can be that room in your home you never liked and now is the time to consider changing it. The emotional value to you could be very high, such as a larger bathroom shower to help make the morning a more pleasant experience.
  3. Gain in Resale Value – This is the type of remodeling project that is driven by the objective of increasing the value of your property.

Need is a top priority. But desire is important too. If you can add the ingredient of adding value to your home while meeting your needs and desires, you have chosen winning projects.

Now the issue is to choose a first project. One way to choose what project to tackle first is to start with a project that you can finish successfully and within budget. Know your skills, access to knowledge and the tools you will need. The success of a project is greatly effected by the tools you have. Those tools can be expensive. That is when you start to look at alternatives such as reconditioned tools.

DeWALT offers an excellent solution. DeWALT Reconditioned is a brand name owned by the DeWALT company. It is only applied to (1) DeWALT tools that (2) were returned to DeWALT, and (3) reconditioned by DeWALT.

These reconditioned tools have been restored to the same performance standards as new. And, DeWALT backs it up with the same Limited Lifetime Warranty they give with their new tools.

These are the types of tools that can become DeWALT Reconditioned:

  • Store display tools: These are the ones that are placed in stores to show off their inventory. They are routinely recycled back to DeWALT.
  • Customer returns: These are tools that customers return to a store, often because the customer gets the tool home and says, “wait, that’s not the thing I need.” If a tool has had any real use, it does not make it into the reconditioning assembly line.
  • Overstocks: Most DeWALT Reconditioned Tools were inventory for a store that stocked too many tools. Many that aren’t sold are returned to the factory. These tools will be examined and tested, and, if they pass the test they become DeWalt Reconditioned.

All of this means you can depend on DeWALT Reconditioned the same way that you would depend on new tools from DeWALT. Same tool, same company, same warranty, and same great quality.

So, make sure you choose the best projects that meets your needs, desires and increases your home resale value. If you are looking for quality tools that can be paid for over time, look into the Tools at AddvantageUSA. 

 

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Safe Online Shopping – A Must for the Holidays

It’s one of the busiest shopping weekends ushering in the busiest shopping season of the year, but what if you aren’t up for getting out in all the chaos or what if your life (or the little ones at home with you) make it where you don’t feel like it’s worth the effort? Never fear! You aren’t alone if you decide to avoid the crowds and stay hold up at home. In fact, you are part of what is becoming more and more of a popular trend in this day and age… the online shopping experience!

BUT, if you decide to do your shopping online, make sure you are taking steps to stay safe!

Who is it?

Is this a reputable company you are purchasing from or are you going with some obscure company because they are offering you a deal that is way better than anything you can find elsewhere? It may not be a scam, but if it sounds too good to be true, it may be. Play it safe and make sure you are ordering from a website/company that has a good reputation.

What is it?

What have you ordered and how much did you pay? Make sure to keep records of your transactions, as well as any confirmation numbers. Check your credit card statements or bank account to make sure it is showing up properly. If it is not, address it immediately.

Where is it?

Make sure you are using a secure network and a computer you trust. Avoid using a public computer or free, public Wi-Fi, where hackers can easily break into your system and quickly access your information. Unless you have a program installed that can protect you, it’s better to wait until you are on a secure network to shop.

And how?

How does the company have its payment form set up? If it is not encrypted, you may want to purchase from somewhere else. In the post 9 Tips for Safe Online Shopping it states, “Before you purchase anything from a web site, verify that the vendor has encrypted its payment form. Many sites use SSL (secure sockets layer) technology to encrypt information flowing between your computer and the store’s server.”

Whether you feel calm as you approach holiday shopping or anxious for waiting too long, make your online shopping experience stress-free as possible. Use these common sense precautions to avoid potential pitfalls of shopping online for the holidays.

Are you looking for a company that cares about protecting your online identity, and that can help you find gifts for everyone on your shopping list? AddvantageUSA is able to do just that. Visit us today and let us help you cross off the items you are looking for with ease and peace of mind!

DeWALT Reconditioned Drill Kit

What does DeWALT Reconditioned mean?

DeWALT Reconditioned is a brand name owned by the DeWALT company. It is only applied to (1) DeWALT tools that (2) were returned to DeWALT, and (3) reconditioned by DeWALT.

You’ve heard the old saying, “it’s just like new.” With DeWALT Reconditioned Tools that’s a fact. These reconditioned tools have been restored to the same performance standards as new. And, DeWALT backs it up with the same Limited Lifetime Warranty they give with their new tools.

You might ask, “are they used tools.” The answer is no. These are the types of tools that can become DeWALT Reconditioned:

  • Store display tools: These are the ones that are placed in stores to show off their inventory. They are routinely recycled back to DeWALT.
  • Customer returns: These are tools that customers return to a store, often because the customer gets the tool home and says, “wait, that’s not the thing I need.” If a tool has had any real use, it does not make it into the reconditioning assembly line.
  • Overstocks: Most DeWALT Reconditioned Tools were inventory for a store that stocked too many tools. Many that aren’t sold are returned to the factory. These tools will be examined and tested, and, if they pass the test they become DeWalt Reconditioned.

Since 1922, DeWALT has been one of the world’s best known and most trusted brands of power tools. It made its reputation as a “great company” by manufacturing top line power tools. Though it has added additional lines, such as hand tools, mechanics tools, and accessories, power tools remain the core business of DeWALT.

DeWALT earned its reputation two ways:

  • First, by making great products. DeWalt Power Tools are often described as sturdy, rugged, dependable, reliable, and high performance.
  • Second, by standing behind its products. DeWalt tools come with an industry recognized Limited Lifetime Warranty.

All of this means you can depend on DeWalt Reconditioned the same way that you would depend on tools new from DeWALT. Same tool, same company, same warranty, and same great quality. Check out DeWALT Reconditioned Tools.

 

Pouf from AddvantageUSA

What’s the Difference between a Pouf, an Ottoman, and a Hassock?

Until recently, most of us probably didn’t know the difference between a pouf and a puff. Today, poufs are an essential fashion item for many home decorators. The pouf may have a funny name, but it is useful because it (1) is versatile, (2) comes in shapes and sizes to fit almost any space, and (3) has as many colors, textures, patterns, and weaves as there are upholstery fabrics.pouf

Pouf is defined by the British Dictionary as “a large solid cushion, usually cylindrical or cubic in shape, used as a seat.” It is derived from the French word, “pouffe,” which has the same meaning.pouf

Poufs have great utility. As chairs, they can be easily moved around a room to add an extra seat wherever needed. Placed in front of your favorite sofa or chair, they also make a great footrest. They are also used as tabletops, especially if you keep a flat wood surface handy. Simply lay the wood on top to make a serving table.

poufBecause they are ordinarily much smaller than an upholstered chair, poufs make good accent pieces for your home furnishings. Select a bright color combination, and they will light up your room. On the other hand, with the right muted color a pouf will blend perfectly with your décor, and you will only notice it when you need it.

Now, back to our first question. What is the difference between a Pouf, an Ottoman, a Hassock, and a footstool? First, the typical footstool is made of wood. Though it may be used much like a pouf, the footstool is designed as a short step to reach up in cabinets and closets.  It is not really meant to be a comfortable place to sit.ottoman

The typical ottoman is a low seat made with wooden legs, a wooden box frame, and a cushioned top. Unlike the soft pillowy look of a pouf, the ottoman tends to look like what we might call “real furniture.” It is harder to make it blend. You would not put one in a corner and forget about it when it was not in use.

The hassock is more similar to the pouf than is the ottoman. However, the hassock was originally conceived as a kneeler or footstool. The true hassock, then, is shorter and smaller than a pouf. Over the course of time the word hassock has become more often associated with the utility of a pouf, and often the words can be used interchangeably to describe the same thing.

Take a look at the AddvantageUSA selection of poufs. See if the pouf would be right for your den, entertainment room, or kid’s bedroom. While you are at it, you might also want to take a look at earlier posts about color. These may help you choose the perfect poufs for your home.

Bfft10 Best Fitness Functional Trainer

Functional Training Allows Natural Movement When Exercising

Functional training is preferred by many because it allows natural movement during your exercise program. You can mimic regular tasks or everyday situations during your exercise program. To build strength and endurance using natural movement allows you to adapt your exercises specifically to your sport or your everyday activities.

As Fabio Martella says. “Functional training is the utilization of exercises which involve complex, multi-joint movements of the upper body, core and lower body. These movements enable greater overall bodily functioning and performance enhancement through improved coordination and the proper stimulation of muscular firing patterns.

This can lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, decreasing the possibility of injuries. If you are an athlete wanting to improve your performance or a parent that wants to safely carry their children, functional training is designed to assist you.

Exercise devices that do not employ functional training, such as fixed training equipment that you may see in your local gym, restrict movements to a single plane of motion. This is can be simulation of unnatural forms of movement. Functional training builds strength and endurance using natural body movement.

 

Addvantage USA offers the BFFT10 Best Fitness Functional Trainer that features adjustable pulleys which swivel 180 degrees providing a wide variety of starting positions. If you would like to learn more about functional training, contact AddvantageUSA at 888.601.5527.