Category Archives for Around The House

Best Blacksmithing Books For Beginners

​If you are interested in the ancient art of smithing, and want to try it yourself, or simply learn more about it, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you already have some experience in blacksmithing, you may want more insights into projects and techniques that might be new to you. Quick […]

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Should Parents Fear Potatoes As Much As Screens?

It’s easy to worry about the impact of ubiquitous smartphones —doctors have tried to liken the effects of digital technology to serious drug addiction, and platforms like Instagram have been linked todepression and anxiety. Headlines comparing children’s phones to cocaine or calling technology the new gateway drug don’t help. But despite the panic, the reality is that many of […]

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Quenching Oil For Blacksmithing

 After you’ve finished hammering out and shaping your most recent forging experiment, it’s time to “lock it in” by quenching the blade or tool so that it is hard enough to use and last. There are a wide variety of different quenching liquids to consider, including dedicated quenching oils or even just miscellaneous oils you […]

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How To Forge A Knife For Beginners

There’s something special about making your own tools, and knives are no exception. Whether you plan to craft daggers to throw for fun, make an outdoor knife for your workshop, or want a custom addition to your cutlery set, forging a knife lets you do all of that – and more. This guide is meant as […]

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Who Makes Turbo Torch?

Who makes Turbo Torch? And other questions  Turbo Torch is a brand name that has become synonymous with high output torch tips in general. Typically if you are wondering who makes turbo torch you are probably thinking of a product from one of these 2 companies. The actual turbotorch brand tips are manufactured by Victor […]

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How To Make A Propane Torch Burn Hotter

How to Make A Propane Torch Burn Hotter When setting up your first forge for doing a little blacksmithing or, a foundry for metal casting one of the fundamental issues is how to get enough heat. Below I’m going to tell you how to make a propane torch burn hotter. Now, charcoal and coal can be […]

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First Holiday Vacation As HouseHusband Not What I Expected

First Holiday Vacation As HouseHusband Not What I Expected Just finished the holidays for this year. My first as a new full time stay at home dad. Christmas was great we went away to a little Mountain Village get some Skiing, Hot Springs all that stuff. I was really looking forward to it with all […]

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Stay At Home Dad Jobs

Stay At Home Dad Jobs How can stay-at-home dads help bring in more money?Stay-at-home Dads! They change diapers, make Mac n cheese, watch Elmo, pack lunch boxes, dance class drop offs and love just as any other mom will love her kids! Some couples decide for the ‘dad’ to stay at home and look after the […]

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Hooks, Hold Downs, And A Quiet Anvil

Hooks, Hold downs, and a quiet anvil I’ve been dabbling in blacksmithing for years now. However I found that as a hobby it really didn’t mix well with babies. Your only free time comes when they are asleep and the last thing to do is go make a ton of noise beating pieces of metal […]

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Drafty Windows

Time to Winterize the house I love our house, but it is older and when they build our home there was little to no thought about being energy efficient or what weatherstripping is. To say it was drafty was an understatement! The seal on our side door was so bad that one year after an overnight […]

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