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Turn Your Basement Into An Awesome Workshop



Every home needs a room in which to build and fix stuff. Unfortunately, there rarely is one, so a lot of work happens in inconvenient places – like on the kitchen table! Many homeowners turn to the garage when they need a workshop. It’s out of the flow of family traffic and no one minds if you make noise there. But garages are typically crowded with all sorts of equipment, including mower tractors, bikes, kayaks — and maybe even a car or two! Besides, who feels comfortable with keeping saws and other power tools within reach of every neighborhood child who drops by for a play date?

A much better choice for the home workshop is the basement.  It usually has everything you need, including plumbing, electrical service, and access for large items. Heating and cooling are not usually big concerns because temperature swings in basements are not dramatic. Below are some great pictures of a basement workshop created by Alan Lily.

What basements typically don’t have is a climate that’s friendly to tools. Excess humidity can quickly rust your prized set of chisels. Flooding can ruin your supplies. The lack of adequate lighting is a safety hazard. In addition, concrete slabs are not fun to stand on for long periods. And while it’s not critical, stained and ragged masonry walls are not particularly inspiring to the woodworker trying to replicate a grandfather clock or a pencil post bed.

All of the above can be quickly remedied with many of the same products used to convert a basement to a game room or an entertainment area. Basement Systems, Inc. offers a menu of products that will dry out your basement and keep it that way. Its interior perimeter drain and sump pump systems have a proven track record in hundreds of thousands basements across the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the UK. Its Total Basement Finishing™ (TBF) division offers wall, floor, and ceiling products that not only look great but are waterproof (just in case the unthinkable happens). Impact-resistant wall panels are offered with insulation for basements that would otherwise be too chilly to work in. Or you can opt for bright white non-insulated panels that hide ungainly masonry walls and provide a vapor barrier at the same time. TBF’s basement tile- and plank-style basement flooring products easily snap in place and offer a vapor barrier and thermal break.

Click here to see a video view of the basement workshop.

Tim Snyder, former editor of American Woodworking and an avid woodworker himself, recommends some additional tips should you consider converting your basement to a workshop.  “It’s wise,” says Snyder, “to wall off the workshop from the rest of the basement. Having a door to the workshop area solves several problems: it can be locked for security and safety, and it helps with dust control. He also recommends drop ceilings. “They do a pretty good job of dampening noise transfer to upstairs. In addition, they can accommodate fluorescent light fixtures over workstations,” says Snyder. Snyder says that you should also bring at least two new circuits to your shop. “Keep the lighting and the power tools on separate circuits,” he says. “If you trip a circuit while ripping a board, at least you won’t be left in the dark!” Snyder adds that a dust control system is a must. “In my own shop, I have a centrally located dust collector that I can easily attach to each of my dust-making tools.” Dust collectors can be wall- or floor-mounted and can be used to power a shop sweep accessory. He also recommends an air filter. Good ones, such as those from Grizzly Industrial, Inc., can draw 1400 CFM and filter to 1 micron.

Other basement workshop design tips

  1. Replace old corroded windows than no longer function. TBF offers sliding vinyl units that can be opened for ventilation.
  2. Keep access ways clear so you can move supplies in and finished projects out!
  3. Install cushioned workstation mats wherever you’ll be standing for long periods. They help fight fatigue.
  4. Install a high-capacity dehumidifier so any excess humidity is eliminated before it can tarnish your tool collection.
  5. Devote a separate cabinet to safety equipment so you always know right where it is. Store dust masks, respirators, safety glasses and goggles, and hearing protectors there. Emergency eye wash and a first aid kit are good ideas as well.
  6. Install a utility sink. It will save you from running upstairs every time you need water to wash a brush or rinse glue off your hands.

Having a basement workshop, especially one that is comfortable place to spend time, is a great asset to a home. Not only will it allow woodworkers to pursue their hobby, but it’s a great place to fix miscellaneous household items and to work on projects with your kids.

This is written by Joe Provey for Total Basement Finishing.

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SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon



BFR Stage Separation

A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.

Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.

Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.

BFR Passing The Moon

“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”

But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.

“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”

BFR In Flight

If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.

The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”

Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!

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You’ll Never Run Out Of Power Again With The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omars Electronics, but all thoughts are our own.

Novoo AC Power Bank

How many of you suffer from charge anxiety, worried about one of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) running out of juice when you’re out and about? We’ve all been there, frantically searching for a free outlet to plug into and get charged up.

As someone who travels frequently, this is something I constantly struggle with, as it’s easy to drain your battery on a cross-country flight while playing Candy Crush or watching movies… especially if the airplane you’re on doesn’t have a USB port or power outlet.

To combat this, I always travel with a “pocket power bank”, which can charge up my phone or tablet in an emergency. But they’re not good for much else, as these little power banks simply don’t have a lot of juice, not to mention the fact that you can’t charge other devices, like your laptop (assuming it doesn’t draw too much wattage), DSLR, Bluetooth headphones, or drone.

Novoo AC Power Bank

So what’s the alternative? The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank is your energy solution to keep your laptops, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices charged anytime, anywhere. Not only is that a CRAZY amount of battery capacity (enough to charge a smartphone more than five times), but you can charge multiple devices at once, and it supports three different types of ports: USB, USB-C, and an AC outlet.

It’s that last one that had me perk up and take notice, as I am rarely able to get through a long flight without my laptop running out of juice. With the Novoo AC Power Bank, I can plug in my laptop when I’m running low on juice and keep on going. It’s also handy if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to buy a power adapter, or if you’re camping out in the woods. Simply charge this bad boy up before your trip, and use it to recharge your devices instead.

This actually would have been a lifesaver when I visited London last year, as I totally forgot to pack a power adaptor in my haste. Both my laptop and GoPro ran out of juice while I was out there, and I had no way of charging them back up. But if I had the Novoo AC Power Bank with me, I would have been good to go. Talk about a rookie mistake!

Novoo AC Power Bank

Best of all, the Novoo AC Power Bank won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack, as it’s only a little bigger than a soda can, measuring in at 80mm x 80mm x 155mm and weighing just 2.12 pounds. So what are you waiting for? If you’re constantly worried about running out of power, pick up the Novoo AC Power Bank (using coupon code NOVOOESS for 15% off) and leave that charge anxiety behind.

While you’re at it, make sure you check out the other sweet gear that Omars Electronics offers for power users, like their Omars 10-Port Hub (use coupon code OMARS10P for 15% off) and the Omars Beast – a crazy huge capacity 26,800 mAh 90 watt AC power bank (use coupon code NOVOOTPB for 10% off).

Last but not least, you can enter to win your very own Novoo AC Power Bank:

Win an Omars Electronics 20,100 mAh AC Power Bank

Good luck!

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Here’s Your Chance To Shop Local While Giving Back To A Worthy Cause




There’s no question that online retailers like Amazon have changed the game, allowing people to purchase virtually anything with the simple click of a button, and have it delivered within a few days. It’s super convenient for sure, but at what cost?

Over the years, we have seen these massive companies put the little Mom & Pop shops out of business. But fear not, because today’s younger generation is looking to change of all of that, all while giving back to some worthy causes.

Currently, 75% of millennial consumers consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause. And they want to support the Maker Movement by purchasing unique and innovative products made by inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman.

One company helping to facilitate this movement is, which helps connect small businesses with consumers through their website, with tons of unique and innovative products to choose from. And best of all, they donate 5% of your total purchase price to your favorite charity. Seriously, how great is that?

You can check out this video to learn more about the IndieDoGood story.

The company was founded by Ron and Sue Otten, driven by their passion for giving back to charities and local communities along with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.

Here are a few products on that caught our attention:

Shore Boards

IndieDoGood - Shore Boards

Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards, Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company.

MotionWise Standing Desk

IndieDoGood - MotionWise Standing Desk

Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. As someone who spends most of my day sitting in front of a computer screen, I could definitely benefit from MotionWise’s creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body, increased energy, better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while working.

Hammer Head Swim Caps

IndieDoGood - Hammer Head Swim Caps

Hammer Head Swim Caps is the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Did you know that water sports have more ER visits than football, rugby, and hockey? Hammer Head swim caps protect swimmers thanks to a patent-pending layer of honeycomb material inside the cap that helps to absorb and dissipate the shock of impact with the wall and other swimmers.

These are just a few examples from the ever-growing catalog of unique products available for purchase from So what do you say, who’s ready to support the Maker Movement while doing some good for your favorite charity?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IndieDoGood, but all opinions are my own.

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