Nails vs. Screws: What’s Their Difference and Which One Do You Need?

Nails and screws are the most popular fasteners carpenters use in their projects, but because they’re used in really similar ways, it can be hard to determine which type of fastener should be used for which project.

So which one is more suited for your needs? To find out more, it’s important to know the difference between nails and screws, as well as how they’re used.

Most nails tend to be made of mild steel, but you can also find nails made from all kinds of aluminum and brass.
Nails have been used for all kinds of construction and woodworking projects for a long time. They’re generally used for most projects since they’re easy to use and work with, and they save time in the process.

However, the drawback for them is that they don’t work well alone, and in some cases, even need the use of adhesives in order to really fasten the two pieces of wood together.

Nails come in different sizes and shapes to suit different purposes, such as the following:

• Common nail – Your everyday nails used for rough, construction work.
• Box nail – Thinner than common nails, which are less likely to cause wood splitting at the cost of structural strength.
• Finishing nail – Used for finishing work since their barrel-shaped heads can be driven below the wood’s surface.
• Casing nail – Casing nails are slightly bigger than finishing nails, and are used for attaching window and door casings.

Screws are usually made from brass and stainless steel. They are best used for furniture that will separate from top to bottom, and are great for working with plywood and MDF boards because of their holding strength. They are also better suited for projects that are more than six of seven feet in length, such as tables and chairs.

These are the different types of screws used in carpentry projects:

• Drive screw – They can have smooth, round, or mushroom-shaped heads, but have a shorter shank compared to other types of screws.
• Masonry screw – These screws have a blue coating and are inserted to pilot holes in masonry projects.
• Wood screw – Used to attach wood pieces together, which is explains the partially-unthreaded shank.
• Concrete screw – For fastening materials to concrete, these screws are made of stainless or carbon steel.

Nails tend to be used for exterior projects, so if you plan on doing indoor work, you might benefit better from using screws.

This is because while nails have a better shear strength compared to screws, screws have better tensile strength. The former refers to the resistance to perpendicular stress, while the latter refers to its resistance to opposing forces pulling against each other.

So the next time you walk into a hardware store anywhere in Singapore, don’t feel intimidated by the countless little bins of shelves housing thousands of screws, nails, and bolts.

How to Find the Best Light Bulbs for Your Home in 4 Easy Steps

Lighting may not seem like it, but it’s such an important aspect of modern life that when you get it wrong, it can give the wrong atmosphere and ambiance that will make your condo or HDB flat in Singapore feel uncomfortable and not a great place to relax in.

In fact, the wrong type of lighting can even throw you off when you’re trying to concentrate or read at night, and damage your eyes in the process.

But the good news is that you can avoid that mistake. Here’s how you can choose the best light bulbs for any area in your home:

1. Consider brightness and color.
While you can’t simply choose any old light bulb, this should be the first thing to keep in mind when looking to find the best lighting any area in your home.

Brightness and color can be broken up into a few criteria:

• Watts and lumens – This refers to the brightness in your desired area. The higher the wattage of your light bulb, the higher the lumens, and the brighter the light will be.
Keep in mind that watts is great for old, incandescent light bulbs, while lumens are used for more modern LED bulbs.

• Kelvin – This is used as a guideline for the color scale of the light emitted by the bulb. A lower kelvin number indicates warmer colors closer to orange and yellow, while a higher number indicates that the light is more bluish in color.

• Color rendering index (CRI) – Light bulbs tend to be given a CRI score, which measures how the light source accurately represents different colors. Lower CRI bulbs are great for most lighting needs, but for illuminating things such as paintings and work surfaces, higher CRI bulbs are the way to go.

2. Consider the right fitting.
When out shopping for new light bulbs, be sure to bring your old one to give a good idea on the type of fitting that you need. It also helps to write down the fitting reference number and compare it with the different bulbs.

3. Find the right bulb shape.
Just as there are many fittings and colors for light bulbs, there are also many shapes that can influence how the light will spread across any given area in your home.

The most common ones include spirals, candles, sticks, and even golf-shaped bulbs, but you will also find downlight-shapes and bulbs that have the traditional shape.

4. Don’t mind the initial cost of LED lights.
While modern LED bulbs seem expensive at first, keep in mind that they have a lower wattage requirement and will last you longer than other types of bulbs in the long run, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) or halogen bulbs.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

5 Unique Dining Experiences Around the World

If you thought eating in chopsticks is already exotic, then what about a toilet as a food bowl or a gigantic sea creatures swimming overhead while enjoying a fancy dinner? Take your travel adventures up a notch with these unique and out-worldly dining experiences around the globe.

1. Singapore Flyer (Singapore)
Got an appetite for high altitude? The Singapore Flyer, the second largest observation wheel in the world, can arrange a posh butler-serviced dinner for you in one of their private capsule. As you rise 540 feet above the famous landmarks such as Collyer Quay and F1 Circuit, indulge into a sumptuous four-course meal with the city’s signature drink, the Singapore sling

2. Modern Toilet (Taiwan)
Perhaps, you’ve asked so many times to the waiter or waitress where the toilet is every time you try a new restaurant. But if you give this restaurant in Taiwan a shot, you won’t even be thinking of asking the same question, for sure. At Modern Toilet restaurant, you’ll be sitting on a toilet and your food will be served in a toilet as well—or rather in toilet-shaped serving bowls. The original idea is to serve only chocolate ice cream in these unique food bowls, but because of its fast growing popularity, they expanded it to include full meals.

3. Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant (Philippines)
If you are one of those who love the outdoors but not much of a thrill-seeker to jump off the world’s tallest waterfalls, this one-of-a-kind dining venue is for you. Take the adventure down a notch and dine under a gorgeously gushing waterfall instead of jumping off from it. At Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant, you get to experience traditional Filipino lunch buffet, while your feet are soaked in running water. That sure makes for a relaxing and unforgettable experience.

4. Ithaa Restaurant (Maldives)
Imagine eating caviar in the middle of the ocean. Well, you can certainly do that at Ithaa Restaurant in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort. The resort’s restaurant sits 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean and displays a 180-degree underwater view of marine life. Indulge into a six-course modern European dinner underwater without getting a single finger wet.

5. El Diablo Restaurant (Spain)
Dine in a restaurant seated on top of a volcano, no big deal. You just get to see the chef grilling meats on a giant griller laid over layers of basalt rock right above the bubbling lava. If you wish to experience this unique dining hub, El Diablo Restaurant is located in Timanfaya National Park in Spain, the home to the volcano that last erupted in 1824, so hopefully the possibility of it erupting while you’re enjoying your bbq is remote.
There are so many unique and unbelievable dining experiences around the world, but these by far have made to our list. Have you been to any unique restaurants before?

Keep the Fire Burning: Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone

Romantic relationships need constant effort to nurture the bond between two people. During the early stage of the relationship, you spend a lot of time knowing each other more. Once the relationship finds its stride, the extra effort slowly diminishes and you may easily find yourselves in a bit of a rut. Take advantage of the ‘boring’ feeling to abandon your routine. Step out of the ‘usual’ and do something that’s out of your comfort to reconnect with your partner.

Work Out Together
If exercising together is not a usual habit for you and your partner, it’s time to take this healthy route together. Enrol in a gym class (one with childcare, if you have children to take care of) or simply jog together before you start your day. If you like the challenge of CrossFit or a spinning class, having your partner with you to cheer you on will make you two feel more connected and supported.

Get Cooking
If drive-thru is getting old or ordering the same child-approved meals are making you sick, try a new take on your daily meals. Instead of debating what to have for dinner, start planning your meal in advance. Get a new cookbook and make your own meals with your partner. Take your everyday routine of cooking meals as an opportunity to bond with your partner, or at least schedule a night or two to bond in the kitchen instead of dining out.

Buy Some Tickets
Purchase tickets to some exciting events Tickets to a vacation, a concert or an amusement park in Singapore that you have never been to offers a wonderful opportunity to do something new and spend some alone time with your partner. You may be amazed by the things you learn about your partner when you are in a new environment.

Enjoy the Outdoors
Studies show that people who spend more time outside have more positive outlook in life. Imagine the same principle applies to relationships. Stepping outside with your partner will lift your spirit and the positivity of the nature will bring you and your partner closer together. Go camping, stroll along the shore, lie in the sand or go on night picnics uphill where you can bask in the beauty of the stars.

Write Your Feelings Out
Let’s kick it old school and start writing love letters for your partner. Short love notes that can either be romantic or goofy will bring back that giddy feeling you once had when you first started dating. Surprising your beloved with a hand-written note in their lunch is a small romantic gesture that can re-ignite the fire in your relationship.

If you are (or have been) in a long-term relationship, you know pretty well that there comes a time when you feel idle with your partner. Bring back the spark and spice in your relationship by doing something new and more exciting things together.

5 Questions to Ask Your Future Wedding Planner

Planning your special day can be overwhelming if you’re planning on doing it alone – which is why it’s important to choose a wedding planner who can see things your way and see that vision through. Here are a few questions that you should ask a potential wedding planner before hiring:

How long have you been in the industry?
It could be a disadvantage if your planner is rather new, but this doesn’t mean that they’re not capable at all. What you’re really looking for is their portfolio. You could also ask them more about the types of weddings that they’ve done previously as well as the vendors that they know and work with.

What’s the cost of your average wedding?
There are wedding planners that need a minimum budget that could be higher than what you can afford. Asking them about their costs is a great way to gauge whether or not they are within your price range, as well as getting a good estimate if you don’t have a budget yet.

Be sure to work with a planner that can adjust to your price range, and not vice versa. You should also keep in mind to be more open about the budget that you have and how much legroom you have to spare.

What’s their philosophy towards weddings?
Most planning professionals should have their mission statements already stated on their websites, so this question should be a piece of cake. However, this question should give you a good idea as to their general outlook on what weddings should look like, and this can differ from planner to planner.

Some, for instance, would like to furnish you with opulent venues, while others specialize in more rustic themes and centerpieces while trying to minimize costs to keep up with your meager budget.

How do they deal with difficult family members?
You might want to ask this question in particular if you know you will encounter these kinds of guests from either side of your partner’s family. If they haven’t encountered difficult family members in their previous weddings, be sure to ask them about their experiences as an alternative question.

Are you available on *insert date of wedding here*?
You really shouldn’t bother wasting time if it turns out that they’re not available. If the date is flexible and you’re willing to wait for a few days to work with someone that you know or whose style you really love, then by all means do work with them to finalize your wedding date.

6 Things Your Future Wedding Planner Wishes You Knew

While your special day is supposed to be all about celebrating your first day as a happily married couple, the time leading up to it can be a real hassle. There are a lot of questions that need to be asked and answered, from the venue and theme to the photoshoot and even the catering.

Let’s say you’re in this situation, and you have no idea how to go about planning your wedding. Where do you start? Here are a few things that we’d like you to know:

1. Please be honest to us about your budget.
This should be the first thing that you should open up to us before anything else. We can’t work with what we don’t know, and it will be hard to adjust if it turns out that your budget can’t keep up with your taste.
Please trust us when we say that splurging on that floral arch of your dreams isn’t going to be worth it.

2. We will respond to you, but please be patient.
There are times that we can’t get back to you right away, but that’s usually because we’re talking to other vendors to make sure that a certain service or product is available or coordinating the weddings of five or six other clients.

3. Keep your focus on the guest experience.
Weddings are a celebration – what’s the point if no one’s having a good time? It becomes easier to set the tone for your wedding if you focus on making sure that your guests enjoy themselves from start to finish.

4. We’re not miracle workers.
Yes, we have to be prepared for anything that may come up, but there are problems that could arise at any wedding that even we can’t solve.

But that doesn’t mean that we won’t do everything to make your day perfect. We’ve seen everything that happens whenever two people are about to get married, and by that we mean everything. We find silver linings to almost every situation, and we always have backup plans.

5. Feel free to disagree.
Don’t feel intimidated by us – if you have suggestions or disagree with our ideas, please feel free to do so. We have more ideas in our hat, and if you don’t like one, we can always move on to the next.

6. Enjoy!
You shouldn’t stress yourself out over-thinking every last detail. This is your day. Enjoy and have fun! If things get too tough on your end, let us know. We’ll take care of it for you the best way that we can.

How to Get the Most Out of a Book You’re Reading

Now, let’s say you’ve bought a textbook about a specific subject you want to learn. Whether it be about taxes, language, accounting, or whatever topic out there, we all have to admit, it’s pretty hard to learn from a book. Some people learn better with the aid of visual material which is great but not all the time is there visual material available.

Sometimes the only source of information you can get your hands on is a good old book. Information comes in so many different methods and there are a lot of ways you can learn one specific thing. But for this article, we won’t be talking about learning through the use of other mediums. We’ll be talking about learning through the use of books or reading.

Here are some ways for you to maximize what you’ve learned through reading:

1. Outline. Create an outline of what you’ve read. Go over the main topic into the sub topics. That way, you can see through bird’s eye view what you are learning. Putting subtopics under subtopics is a great way for you to get every little piece of information you’ve learned from the book into a piece of paper. Oh yeah, this might take a little bit long. But once you’ve done your outline, you’ll see how organized your learning has become.

2. Take notes. Write down or mark random notes you want to remember. The things that strike you the most and the things you see as the most important are the things that you should write down. Some books end up having a lot of fillers which you don’t really need. Besides, if you are able to understand the gist, you won’t have to go through the whole process of listing down one by one what you’ve learned.

3. Make comments. Don’t be afraid to put in your comments. Your comments are valuable. Once you put down your comments, it’ll be easier for you to find what you are looking for. For example, you find something earlier in the book that you don’t quite understand or you have a certain opinion about, you write it down only to find out later on that it actually makes sense. It’s okay to contradict yourself. After all, this is what learning is about.

4. Summarize. Once you’ve learned as much as you can and taken down a lot of notes, summarize everything you’ve read and try writing everything down into a single piece of paper. Your summary shouldn’t be that long. After all, it is a summary. The more you understand something, the shorter your summary should be. If you truly understand the whole book, you’ll be able to fit everything on a single piece of paper!

Reading to learn is something we must all make ourselves used to. After all, we are all in charge of what goes on in our brains. We might as well use the space in our heads to take in healthy and useful information instead of random useless information which has absolutely no use to us. The thing about humans is that we don’t stop learning whether we like it or not, we are information seeking beings. Feed your mind with good things and see how the results affect everything from the way you think to the way you function.

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