Home Improvement

Tips on Choosing a High-Security Lock

Anything worth buying a lock for deserves as reliable, durable and secure a lock as you can get, so many turns to high-security locks to protect their homes, businesses or belongings. However, it’s not always apparent which high-security locks actually deliver on the claim and which are just called that for marketing purposes. When you shop for high security locks Minneapolis MN, keep these tips in mind during your search.

Certification and Security Grades

Locks are certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) to assess how secure they are, based on durability, mechanical complexity and long-term resistance to wear. The standards vary from one product type to another, but all fall under Grade 1, 2, or 3, with 1 being the highest performance. This doesn’t mean you need to get only Grade 1 locks; these are the most expensive and often … Read More

Home Repairs

Essentials for Car Emergency Kits

More emergencies happen in and to vehicles than you might think. Proper seasonal maintenance and good driving skills can keep many of these from happening, but it is a good idea to be prepared for everything from a flat tire to being stuck in the snow overnight. You can usually find standard kits to buy online, but it is also a good idea to inventory these kits and add stuff as needed.

Personal Supplies

Some of your personal emergency supplies will be standard such as a first aid kit, foil blankets for warmth and a 72-hour kit for food and tools. Others may seem out of place in an emergency supply stash such as contact numbers for mobile repair companies, a deck of cards and writing supplies. Being able to call a locksmith, for example, for a transponder key replacement in Huntsville TX can save you time and money over Read More

SWM Info

Privacy Without Hostility

Arguably the most important part of your yard is the ability to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it’s hard to appreciate your outside spaces if you constantly feel like you’re being watched. Your neighbors don’t even have to be particularly nosy; if your yard is wide open, they won’t be able to help it. If you want to create some privacy but you don’t want to seem hostile to your neighbors, here are some creative ideas for screening your outdoor spaces. 


If you already have a fence or have no choice but to install one, think about including a gate I’m your design. Gates create a focal point as well as an opening you invite guests through. Before you settle on a plain latch gate that matches the rest of the fence, consider Corten steel gates and other attractive yet functional options. 

Fencing Alternatives

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SWM Info

Top Trends in Kitchen Design for 2020

The year 2020 has begun, and trends in kitchen design will change to signify the start of the decade. While several of these innovations may have originated over the previous year or even before, they are predicted to stay strong or gain popularity throughout the rest of the year. Homeowners and designers must pay close attention to these design choices to stay current.

Dark Blue Cabinets

If you run a google search for cabinetry design, such as custom cabinets Tampa, you will see an increasing amount of dark blue and navy colors. These options provide the kitchen with an atmosphere that is both colorful and easy on the eyes. They are dark enough to stand out in the area but lack the intensity of other colors such as red and yellow that can turn off many people. Navy and dark blue cabinets are best complemented with gold handles or … Read More

Home Improvement

Three Great Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring

As a homeowner, you want to protect your investment while adding your own personal touches that make you feel at home. One way to make it your own is to install new flooring. If you are unsatisfied with your current floors, you might want to consider hardwood, which offers a number of benefits.

Classic, Timeless and Versatile

As home fashion trends come and go, there are a only few things that seem to really stand the test of time. California classics hardwood floors have withstood the trends of the decades and continue to look great in both the oldest and most modern of homes. As your taste changes and you upgrade decor and furnishings, your hardwood floors can fit right in with any theme you choose and look stylish to boot.

Sturdy and Durable

One of the last things you want to worry about in your home is whether your Read More