There's plenty you can do in your rental to make it more like a home without spending a ton or running afoul of your landlord, but if you want some more substantial upgrades or changes, you'll need their help. Have you ever convinced a landlord to pay for upgrades or renovations?
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Customising your pad is a challenge when you're a renter, with the (typically-outdated) kitchen one of the trickiest rooms. Home design blog Re-nest offers easy, temporary upgrades for this important space, so you can make it your own.
A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia todays says the increase in the number of malignant mesothelioma cases in Western Australia over the past decade is the result of home renovation and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects involving building products containing asbestos. This domestic exposure has been described as part of the "third wave" of asbestos-related diseases, the first being in miners, millers and transport workers, and the second in workers who used asbestos products. Clinical Professor of Respiratory Medicine and senior author of the paper, Bill Musk, discusses the risks to human health posed by asbestos.
We're very fond of hacking IKEA gear around here, but some of the items the Swedish furniture giant sells are far more versatile than others. Here are the 10 handiest items you can pick up for repurposing the next time you make an IKEA pilgrimage -- and every single one is priced under $10.
One of our core pieces of advice for home renovation is always to buy decent tools rather than trying to improvise. Our night editor Elly proved the wisdom of this approach today by wrecking a screwdriver which she was using as an impromptu hammer.
Much renovation and DIY work involves starting with very basic materials -- wood, metal, fastenings and adhesives -- and forming them into new objects. Starting from the basics is always a useful skill, but you should also be ready to recognise when using something pre-made will let you get a better end result.
Dear Lifehacker, Like many other Lifehacker readers, I have the usual collection of cordless power tools that don't get used quite as often as they should or I'd like. I've read that keeping the battery pack constantly charging is no good for the battery. Can you recommend a strategy for ensuring the cordless power tools have the power when you need them but maintaining the battery life? Thanks, Cordless and Powerless
No matter what renovation project you're planning, having the right set of tools is essential to getting the job done efficiently and safely. Here's our take on the essential items that every household needs.