March 20th, 2013

My Brand New Mini Upright Freezer

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So why did I decide to buy the small upright freezer instead of the chest type my wife wanted? It’s easier to handle. Most of the benefits are the same, with that extra storage space and everything else. But really, the main thing is the convenience. My wife kept on talking about energy savings and this hot air cold air circulation and the cold going out with an upright one but if you all weigh it in in the end, nobody really wants the discomfort of digging through a chest in a cold winter night trying to look for your next dinner. Me, I would just rather have that comfort of searching through shelves among neatly placed foods. It’s so much more easier as everything is on full display and saves you time.

The one I ordered from is a small upright freezer, a height of about 49 inches, and it fits in the closet under the stairs quite nicely. It can control 7 different temperatures to my surprise, as I’m not really that into the complex technicalities of food freezing science (is there anyone???) and an 8.8 cu. ft. storage capacity, which I think is enough for those meat we buy in bulk every time there is a sale, and the occasional frozen pizzas and burritos for those lazy dinners.


But the thing I really like best is the shelves, with tilting wire shelf that is adjustable. There are three officially, and there’s easy access, unlike a chest type where you’ll have to dig and plow through rock hard iced foodstuff. It look impressively clean as well, sleek really. I’m quite proud of my purchase, although my wife doesn’t hold the same sentiment. A pity, really, since she’s the one who will be handling this all the time.

A little tidbit I found out about freezers, though, is that they can also be bought in this little ice box like things. I found this out while searching online, and I am now sort of musing if I should buy one as well for those long road trips the family takes to visit grandparents and friends. It might be well worth it, especially for a long term investment. And they can be handy as well for just buying popsicles from the store and popping them in the freezer box at the back of the car. Now that’s real technology!

I’ve recently started comparing shot glass cases online after unearthing this old cabinet in my parent’s attic that looks like it could still be used, and seems to be a valuable antique at that. The paint’s a little faded and it was as dusty as Tutankhamen but there are no rotting parts and it’s still functional, drawers and all. Even the hinges still work, and god knows how many years it has been spending in this gloomy attic.

Anyway, I looked over in this website some of the display cases and their prices. I wanted to make sure that the market price I’m thinking of after repairs would be as accurate as possible. I did a lot of research online as well in forums and furniture enthusiast communities. But in the end, while repairing the case display, I did not want to sell it any longer.

I was sanding and dismantling a small piece of faulty peg underneath when I first noticed the writing on the inner panel at the inside of the cabinet. It was some sort of scrawled message that is undecipherable. I was puzzled at that time, but didn’t think much of it and did not think much of it as I continued with my work.


I asked my grandmother about it in one of those family dinners, and she was confused first. A week rolled by and she and an aunt visited my family before continuing on to my mother’s place, which was nearby. I took that opportunity to lead her to my workshop and show to her what I was talking about it.

It turned out that this display cabinet was once owned by my grandfather’s friend, given to him after the friend died from complications of a wound received from the war. It was used as a display case for ceramic cups and silver utensils before being used by my grandfather to display his extensive shot glass collection. It was stored in my parent’s house eventually when it was passed down to my mother, who did not see much use from it.

The message was never revealed, as even my grandfather doesn’t know what it means. The mystery and the history of the antique shot glass case drew me in so completely that I didn’t want to sell it any longer. It was just too cool to have it, and then perhaps eventually pass it my sons or daughter for them to pass it on to their children, like a sort of family heirloom.

February 21st, 2013

The Many Reasons To Use a Microwave Cart In Your Kitchen

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Everything we have in the home seems to be limited. This especially means space. It’s one of the biggest reasons people do major upgrades to the home. Creating space or at least the illusion of extra space can be very appealing. Other than that though, there are many reasons your home and kitchen can benefit from using a microwave cart.

With such a wide array of these carts available, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find one to your liking. Of course there are some bad ones out there too, so we recommend checking out some reviews for these microwave carts before taking the plunge. It’s going to be a piece of furniture that will last you for a very long time.

They look great. These carts will make your kitchen or any room you put it in look a lot more organized. If you get a cart with good design, it will blend in with your other furniture and decor. It can add a sense of cohesion to your interior design. Some metal microwave carts can be flashy or cold-looking. This works well with a lot of modernly decorated homes. Wooden ones kind of create a warmth in the room that can’t be replaced with any other material. Whether you want a white one, wooden, red, or metal, there’s something out there for you.

A microwave cart can really double up your space. Remove that table you’re wasting just to prop up the microwave oven. You can’t really organize anything under it, and space above it is limited to what you can stack on top of the microwave. It can be unsafe to do that as well, since people will be slamming the door on this thing quite often. A cart lets you organize space under and above the microwave if you get ones with extra tiers too. It can be a really good space saver.

As if looking great and giving you more room to work in the kitchen, it will also reduce clutter in other parts of your kitchen. You will now have dedicated cabinets and drawers on this thing specifically for whatever you choose. Some of these convenient kitchen carts even come with power surge protectors. Granted it’s not going to save any electronics from blowing out, it’s a nice way to add some extra outlets to that little section of your room since a microwave will be taking up one of them.

December 28th, 2011

A Complete Overview of Box Trucks And Their Uses

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delivery-trucks-palletThese massive cargo-on-wheels are no strangers in the road. Sometimes call box vans, box trucks are also called box van or cube van because of the cubed shape characteristic. The British also uses the term to refer to a railway truck or a four wheeled vehicle. These boxes come various sizes but have to be large enough to have furniture to fit in. The standard sizes for the box van is 4 to 7 m in length.

Most people will mistake a cargo van and the box trucks, but there’s a difference between the two. This is important to know because it may be useful during an investigation. Unlike cargo vans, box trucks are separate from the cab.

A box truck or the dry van body is usually integrated with the cargo area which allows the cab to be an access to the cargo area. The door on the rear side uses a roll-up door like that of a garage door.

Hauling services those who help in moving furniture and other heavy equipments from one place to the other uses these types of vehicles. Box vans are used by U-Haul and Ryder while the cargo vans are used by FedEx and UPS during deliveries. They can be rented by individuals, offices or other types of companies to move appliances, equipment or furniture. To find out more about these trucks a good resource on it is since it is geared towards buying trucks for business owners.

There are individuals and even businessmen who find used box trucks very useful. They usually use it as an extra space for recreational activities especially when wanting to have a private getaway from the main house. By simply having a small pool table, TV and a coach over, it can be comfortable entertainment room. Another way to utilize the extra space is to make it a guestroom. When there’s limited space at the main house, this can provide a more comfortable area instead of having guests sleep over the coach. The box vans are also perfect in providing a storage space for tools or the old stuff to be stored away.