Get the right tools for your workshop


A workshop is not just a place that helps you with your job if you work in a related field, but it also provides a safe space where you can unwind after a hard day of work. It relaxes you by letting you express your creativity when you make something with your hands, something that makes you feel proud when you look at it.

Because working in a workshop has the potential of being such a satisfying activity, you need to make sure you have the right tools to aid your work, so you avoid frustrations and the realization that you don’t have the proper machines and devices to help you create or fix what you have in mind.

One of the best tools to have in your working area is a drill press. It will allow you to do a wide range of things with an impressive variety of materials, from wood to metal. It is not a simple item that could be bought on a whim, so you’ll have to read a guide on drill presses, just to make sure the model you’re buying is capable of delivering a high-performance under many circumstances.

An excellent drill press will offer great value for its money because it will allow you to make very precise cuts and to create DIY projects that will impress everyone. It will also help you with the tedious angled drilling. With its assistance, perforating metal won’t be a hellish task anymore because it does all the work for you.

Measuring tools should also be part of every basic workshop’s shelves. You cannot do an accurate job without them, especially since some tasks require extensive measuring. Make sure that your play area is stocked up with plenty of measuring tapes of different lengths, and that you have both rigid and flexible models. No crafty person that takes himself seriously should miss two or three tapes from his collection.

If you are a handy person who requires a lot of smashing power, or that has many nails to hit on the head, then you should have hammers in abundance in your toolbox. They come in many sizes and shapes, and each model is designed to fulfill a different function. Tack hammers are universal and available in any market, along with standard nailing hammers. If you plan on doing predominantly woodworking, then you should go for a dead-blow hammer or a rubber mallet.

Cutting tools should also be on your ‘to buy’ list. Make sure that you have one for cutting metal and one for wood. Some of these tools include scissors, utility knives, flat-cutting aviation snips or the versatile tin snips.

Everyone knows that doing a job right requires you to have all the proper tools at hand. While the right tools might depend on the type of work you want to do, there are some essentials like the ones listed above that should be part of everyone’s collection.


Buying a point and shoot camera in 2018

Gone are the days when people used to visit photography studios to get their special portfolios clicked to adorn their home and preserve the moments for ever. With each passing year cameras came with a promise of compactness and advanced photographic experience. Today every person you meet on street is a budding photographer though not a professional one. The current age belongs to point and shoot cameras popular due to easy operation, small size and ability to store countless images. There are still some suggestions to know about the features you can expect in an ideal point a shoot camera in year 2017.

Ease of access and use

Smaller, the better. It must be compact and easy in operation. A point and shoot camera is primarily for the novices and the hobbyists. So, they should away away from any complex camera. Otherwise they have to spend more time in getting acquainted the features and options rather than enjoying the shooting. Taking photographs must be a fun not an intricate task.


Automated features

It would be good if you select a compact camera with automated features like auto focus setting according to the place and condition. It must come loaded with all the essential operations in automated manner, to reduce your stress of setting up the camera correctly for impressive clicks.


Wide angle coverage  

Although a point and shoot camera is never meant to offer some sophisticated optical zoom as compared to the expensive ones; but a provision of wide-angle coverage must be checked for in the models you are short listing. The point and shoot camera must be equipped with a digital zoom feature and image stabilization.


Megapixels are all that you may think you need to care about to be able to capture high quality images. To an extent it is true but this feature has to be along with the above features to own a great point and shoot camera. If your sole purpose is to take 4/6 photos, anything with a resolution of above 6 or 8 megapixels will do.


Lightweight to carry

A bulky point and shoot camera with a good amount of weight will fail the purpose you are carrying it for i.e. comfort. You must be able to carry it along wherever you want.

So this is my checklist for choosing a good point and shoot camera. If you have not made yours, you can take help of these guidelines and enjoy great photo shoots forever. You can check for Canon, Panasonic and Sony models like Panasonic Lumix TZ80, Sony RX100 III and Canon PowerShot G7 X / G7 X II who have done great business in 2017. Hope for the same in the year 2018.

How to find a cheap GPS unit?

GPS units are one of the most useful car gadgets that I think every car owner must install in his most cherished driving vehicle. They not only make driving convenient but also ensure safety in certain subtle ways.

I am writing this piece with some advices and suggestions on buying the best GPS units without spending exaggeratingly.

The cost of GPSs’ range between $100 for basic models to $900 and more for real high-end GPS units. However one must wisely spend money strictly according to the requirements and not on the basis of how the salesperson impresses you. If you don’t drive too much or too far, then you may go for a basic model with a few fundamental features. You can also look for used GPS units.

If you are interested to see which are the best GPS units in 2017 here are some suggestions of quality models in the low-end line:

Tom Tom Go 50 : One of the most affordable basic models (costs just $79.50) under the reliable name of Tom Tom brands’ Go series, this model features a 5 inch decent screen with a preloaded US map and lifetime map update at again an affordable monthly fees. It comes with a three month free trial traffic update, after which you may buy them on a cheap monthly fees.


Garmin Nuvi 57 : The second most affordable yet standard quality GPS model, is best for the fundamental users wishing for no extra frills.  Garmin being a reliable brand always offers best products at the deserving prices. The Nuvi series is already very popular and at just $95, this Nuvi entry level model features preloaded maps of 49 lower US states. However, it lacks lifetime map update feature and you’ll require buying it every year.


Tom Tom Go 50 S : The higher version of Go 50, Tom Tom Go 50 S, is available at an affordable price of  $99. At this affordable cost, it offers preloaded maps of the entire North America and also includes free maps and traffic updates for life time, which makes it best in its range. Moreover it also offers a 3D map facility as well which helps you determine the height of the surrounding landmarks.


The only con of all the above models is that they don’t possess features of best GPS units out there. But that is fair enough as well because these are strictly under budget and feature solid quality basics.

Don’t know how to use a radar detector?

A radar detector is simply a radio wave receiving device (receiver) that is set on the same frequency as of a police radar gun, so that it receives only the waves from radar guns and nowhere else. It receives the radar gun’s signal and then alarms you to slow down before being caught. This is the fundamental mechanism of a radar detector.  Seems easy? But it’s actually not, for many people.


A radar detector can be very useful if you know how to use it, but on the same hand it can also be very harmful if don’t. Here is a quick guide for all you beginners, to help you learn to get all the benefits from a radar detector.


First thing that I would like to suggest you is to buy only a quality radar detector. Your radar detector must be sensitive only for radar gun’s signals and not for all the other waves in the atmosphere out there. Moreover, a good radar detector must be sensitive enough to locate signals from little farther and not just alarm you when the traffic cops are right in front of you.


My second advice is to mount the radar in a proper position. Avoid mounting it too high and try mounting it under some shade. Usually the cops point radar guns at the front license plate or headlamps. So mount the detector somewhere in that line for efficient detection.

When to depend on it and when to not

As you use a radar detector, it is very important to remain alert and also use it smartly. Remember, a radar detector only detects and alarms, that’s it. After which everything is up to you.

Depend on a radar detector only when you are moving in a decent traffic and there are enough vehicles around. In such situations the radar detects the speed but it takes a while for them to determine the vehicle. In this case you get enough time to slow down.


However if your are driving in negligible traffic and you are at easily sight-able position, then it is prudent to drive in the limit and not depend on radar detector because the police radar guns will detect and catch you easily and quickly without giving time to your detector raise a second to alarm.

Merely plugging in the detector to achieve immunity is stupid. It is important understand the mechanism of a radar detector, it’s power, and combining it with smart and logical driving is something that will save you from tickets.

The Canon VIXIA HF R72 Camcorder – First Impressions

The Canon VIXIA HF R72 is the higher (and latest) version of VIXIA R series by Canon after R62. Canon being a reliable brand has always served its customers with promising gadgets. In recent years it has built a strong impression of world class camcorders with its VIXIA HF R series. The popularity of its previous versions, i.e. HF R52 then HF R62, already declares the reliability of this model.


The fundamental idea of launching Canon VIXIA HF R72 is to provide durable, lengthy recording. With its 32 GB internal storage and additional storage slots it can be expanded to make it a 160 GB memory device, which is enough for storing 12 hours of 1080p videos.

When compared to HF R62..

The difference in the basic features and video quality is negligible. Both feature 3.28 MP CMOS sensors, DIGIC 4 image processor and 32 GB internal memory.

What is better?

The entire interface is renewed aiming to make it even more user friendly and easy navigations. Your 3 inch touch screen display on R72 will look brighter allowing you a better vision in outdoor locations under sun. The menus are clearer and the icons look large. Everything in the entire interface is completely enhanced.


Along with the improved interface, a new feature Zoom Framing Assist has been introduced. This feature eliminates the need of zooming in and out manually whenever neat zooming is required. The zooming often leads to out-focusing the subject and misses the detailing but with Zoom Framing, you can zoom in and out spontaneously by simply tapping the icon on screen. Clear nifty zooming in one touch!

After this feature the next thing to look forward to, is the additional mode called Highlight Priority Mode that I find really cool. This mode enhances the HDR effect and the video looks like it has been recorded from an expensive high definition recorder.

The built-in Wifi and NFC is another feature to drool for. They allow easy sharing. And making HF R72 an even better investment is the Dual recording facility that it provides. Dual recording means you can have the video recorded in MP4 and AVCHD formats simultaneously and get both of them saved in the internal memory.

Long story cut short…

Though the video quality and other basic features remain the same, the Zoom Framing Assist and brighter display visibility definitely add to the attraction of this camcorder. Moreover the price is not changed hence it is worth a consideration over the less-featured R62.

Gel Mattresses?

One sleepless night may not be a big deal, but if it becomes a routine you will end up with serious health problems. I always find it very difficult to work the next day when I cannot sleep well at night. Studies have proven that sleepless nights are the reason for low energy levels throughout the day, health hazards in the form of headache and body pain and overall affect on your routine activities.

So, what do you do to have a sound sleep at night? Get the right kind of sleep gear, right! Among all the sleep gear a good mattress plays an important role in giving you the rest that you need while sleeping.

A gel foam mattress is such a mattress which is very soft and provides you the quality sleep that you have been lacking. The gel foam mattresses are designed to give support and comfort and solve many sleep related issues.


Gel mattresses do not trap heat like other mattresses. Trapped heat is not good for comfortable sleep. Gel mattresses provide that extra coolness that plays a catalyst for getting a good sleep at night. Built on open cell technology, gel mattresses promote air circulation and provide you with a cool temperature throughout the night.

Another advantage of gel mattresses is that it provides firm but comfortable surface for you to sleep. I always recommend that the sleeping surface should be firm and fits the body well rather than sinking deeply into the bed.

I tend to sleep sideways and that has caused several problems for me. A gel mattress gently cradles my body and helps to relax these pressure points. It is very important for your spinal cord to get maximum rest and align properly while you are sleeping. By sleeping on the gel mattresses, your spine is aligned properly and you get enough rest, your mornings are much fresher and you will feel rejuvenated and ready to go.


A gel mattress does not contain any toxic materials that can cause harm to your body. In fact, you will not find any harmful fillers used in a gel mattress. The highly durable, long lasting gel mattresses will only help you get a good night’s sleep that is essential for your body. Also, you don’t have to pay a huge amount for such a model, I think you can get good models for under $1000.

I know many doctors and physicians who recommend gel mattresses for patients suffering from neck pain and body pain. If you are concerned about your health and would love to get a good night’s sleep, then I believe you should never say NO to Gel Mattresses.