Tools4Wood Leap Year competition winners

The Tools4Wood Leap Year competition has closed and the winners announced. Congratulations to all those who won an amazing prize.



Enter the draw for our Dremel Mother's Day Gift Hamper

Here's your chance to discover the versatility of owning a Dremel MultiTool, plus a handy Workstation. There's never been a better time to start crafting and DIY.



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Working with Wood Show in Roodepoort

Vermont Sales' Working with Wood Show and Austro from 8th to 11th June at Austro, 1125 Leader Avenue, Roodepoort



Mothers Day Giveaway with Bosch PSB 10,8 Impact Driver

In a recent article that I wrote on power tools for women, the Bosch PSB 10,8 volt Impact Driver was high on my list of must-have tools. That's why I was so happy when Bosch agreed to sponsor one of these amazing tools for our Mother's Day Giveaway.


South Africa: International Earth Day 2016 - 22 April

Our precious planet is losing over 15 Billion trees each year. Planting trees absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. By planting the right trees, we can help counteract the loss of species, as well as provide increased habitat connectivity between regional forests.


Grand Designs Live 2016

Catch the DIY Divas at Grand Designs Live and enjoy 3 days of inspiration! Grand Designs Live returns to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, 20 to 22 May 2016.



'Picture Africa'

'Picture Africa' includes work by leading African photographers, top South African fashionistas, and innovative textile designers from all over Africa.



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Tools4Wood Leap Year competition

In celebration of Leap Year Tools4Wood, in conjunction with Bosch, Home-Dzine and Home Handyman Magazine, are running their biggest competition yet.



Vermont Sales goes green and bigger

Vermont Sales has a brand new head office - designed and built to their own specifications, that incorporates a variety of green design elements, and is 40 percent larger than their old premises.


App for dog owners

DoggyDo is an app that lists all the dog friendly restaurants, accommodation, camping spots and more throughout South Africa.



Asbestos in the home can be dangerous

Asbestos is a dangerous material. In addition to being the only known cause of mesothelioma, it can lead to other deadly diseases. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are aware of the dangers of asbestos.


Bluetooth padlock

Never have to worry about losing the key, or forgetting the combination.  Master Lock Bluetooth Padlocks use the power of your smart phone!



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10 Double tickets to Homemakers Expo 2016 Joburg

Homemakers Expo Johannesburg returns in 2016 from 25 to 28 February at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate. We have 10 double tickets up for grabs!



Are your household contents fully covered?

The contents of your home are valuable, both in terms of money, and sentimental value. If you plan on taking a holiday this year, make sure your home contents are fully insured and that payments are up to date. 


Love Your Home with Builders magazine editions

If you haven't yet seen the Builders 'love your home' mini-magazines these are definitely worth a peek. Each edition is packed with DIY projects, advice and helpful tips for decorating and home improvement projects.


Ideas magazine 2015 Trunk Show

This year the Ideas magazine annual Trunk Show that will take place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July 2015 at Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek.



Win tickets to 2015 Cape Homemakers Expo

Cape Town's leading home expo celebrates 20 years in 20. The Cape Homemakers Expo takes place from 27 to 30 August at the CTICC. You have an opportunity to win 1 of 10 tickets to 2015 Cape Homemakers Expo.


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Decorative handles with an African spin

Limited edition beaded knobs add an African spin and a burst of colour to your cabinets and cupboards. Sandile Sithole, Zulu craftsman has created a range of beaded knobs that enhance neutral kitchen designs and provide a contrast with brighter colour schemes, giving cabinets and cupboards an instant pick-me up.


Practical training to address industry skills shortage

Prominent Paints is addressing the industry skills shortage within the local paint industry through its Training Academy. Since its inception almost 35 years ago, the academy has invested in the training of almost 12 000 learners; a number the Group is committed to growing.


WIN a Dremel Micro for Mother's Day

It's lightweight and easy to use, but more than that, your Mom can make incredible projects with the Dremel Micro and here's your chance to win one of these for Mother's Day



Tips on how to survive load shedding

I have reached my limit for being without power during load shedding. It's time to join the Gennie Generation and power up when the power is down!



WIN with Prominent Paints this Mother's Day: Give her premium paint - a gift that keeps on giving

This Mother’s Day surprise your mom and give her a gift that if properly applied, will keep on giving for up to seven years before it needs attention. A R1 000 hamper could be yours this Mother's Day.


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New website for Tools4Wood

The new website is up and running and they would like to invite you to pop onto the new site and take a look around.



Generator or Inverter?

With the reality of load shedding, the conversation has moved from ‘Why Eskom’ to ‘How do I get power?’ While the immediate reaction to power outages is to rush off and buy a generator - these appear to be the most popular choice because they seem to be the most widely known. But what about investing in an Inverter?


Decorex Great Ideas and Pop-Up Market

Decorex Durban has set up a pop up night market that’s going to take the festivities right through to 9pm. The Friday Great Idea Sale at Decorex Durban, with exhibitors offering shoppers discounts and bargains that are available on that day only.


Architecture ZA 2015

South African cities are experiencing a growing influx of people which has a massive impact on the quality of urban life. According to the Worldbank, South Africa’s urban population for 2013 was a staggering 64%. Never before in the history of mankind have so many people relocated to cities on such a scale.


Organise your home and earn extra cash

Most homes have cupboards, closets, and even entire rooms, that are filled with clutter that's no longer needed. Why not organise all these areas and earn a bit of extra cash for items no longer in use and spoil yourself with something you need.

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Energizer Light Fusion Technology

Energizer Light Fusion technology allows you to light up in so many ways. Creativity can hit at any time of the day, and since many DIY-ers work in garages, workshops - or even outdoors - lighting up your work area is now easy - even when the power goes out.

Hobby-X 2015

Hobby-X, South Africa's favourite craft and hobby expo, takes place at The Dome, Northgate from 5 to 8 March 2015. From mosaics to baking and DIY décor to woodworking you'll find something to suit every taste!

Sustainability Week 2015

Taking place from 23 to 28 June 2015, Sustainability week is all about advancing the Green Economy through the sharing of knowledge. The event takes place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Handyman Direct online services

In today's world, finding a reliable and competent contractor can be challenging. That's why online services such as that offered by Handyman Direct are a lifesaver. They can assist you with a handyman for all your building and property maintenance needs.

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Decorex Durban 2015

Decorex, South Africa's leading decor, design and lifestyle expo, kicks off in Durban on Thursday 19 March.



Are you covered for power outages?

Having access to schedules for planned shedding is all fine and well, but also turning into a boon for criminals.



Goo Gone product review

I was sent a box of Goo Gone products to try out which included their Goo Gone BBQ Grill Cleaner and Goo Gone Oven & Grill cleaner. Since I haven't previously used either product and was piqued by the fact that these cleaners use citrus power in their formula.


Plascon 2014 National Colour Week

Every year Plascon shows the ways to enrich our lives with colour. This year Plascon celebrates colour with a week-long festival from 1 to 7 September, 2014. This festival is an opportunity to stop and think about what the colours in our world mean to us and the powerful effect that colour has on our lives. In conjunction with Plascon Colour Week,  Plascon is challenging everyone to perform Random Acts of Colour.

Health first when using contact adhesive

When you take on any home improvement projects it is essential to wear proper safety gear and also to take safety precautions when working with harmful or toxic products. As we move towards using safer products it makes sense to use those that don't put our health at risk. That's why we recommend using Pattex Contact Adhesives.


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Ideas magazine annual Trunk Show

Ideas magazine has announced the dates for this year's annual Trunk Show that will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014 at Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek.See the pages from Ideas magazine come to life at this unique exhibition that showcases the talents of over 25 exhibitors. Handmade crafts, authentic goods and one-of-a-kind crafts will be on display for you to browse and buy.

New Pattex Repair Gel and Glue for quick fixes around the home

Pattex have recently launched a new product and I decided to put it to the test. Pattex Repair Gel and Glue are suitable for use indoor and outdoors, since both products are waterproof once cured. The bonding is also flexible and can resist temperatures between -50°C and 80°C, which is why I decided to try this out on the seal around my fridge door.


Hands-on DIY Divas tiling workshop

Join Janice Anderssen and Nancy Muchangwa as we tile a bedroom and provide you with the tips, tricks and techniques to tile your own home. Sponsored by Tile Africa.



Plascon Colour Design Awards

In celebration of colour, design and creativity, South Africa’s leading paint company, Plascon, has launched an exciting new competition that will demonstrate how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment. Known as the Plascon Colour Design Awards, the competition has grown out of the previous Plascon Prism Awards, which Plascon supported for several years as part of its ongoing commitment to further the architectural and design industries.

Laminated pine shelving splits along the seams

Although it's difficult to spot when buying laminated pine, do be aware that I recently bought 8 sheets of laminated pine, and 4 of the sheets have popped open along the seams when being cut.


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Dremel Trio a hit with Divas

It's always exciting to see someone use a Dremel Trio for the first time. At a recent workshop the Divas made a key rack using pine finished off with a decorative edge using the Dremel Trio. If you make your own furniture, a Dremel Trio is definitely a tool to invest in.


2013 Pick n Pay Oyster Festival

Don't miss out on this year's 2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival taking place from 28 June to 7 July 2013. This annual event is one of South Africa's most popular festivals.



Is your office striving to be more green?

Green Office Week takes place in South Africa in April every year and in 2013 it will be from Monday 22 to 26 April. This national campaign is designed to motivate and inspire you and your work colleagues to adopt
behaviours which respect the environment. The aim is to get everyone to look at how we can Recycle, Reduce, Reuse, and save

Make bicycle tyres last longer

I found a post on that shows how to extend the life of a bicycle tyre using Neutral Cure Silicone. Parents of young children will appreciate the fact that it claims to extend the life of a bicycle tyre, which can be a costly exercise if you have two or more children riding a bicycle, so I thought what the heck... give it a try!


Are banks taking liberties?

This past week was an eye-opener for my family as far as ABSA is concerned. After having his salary deposited into his cheque account, my hubby was dismayed when he could no longer withdraw cash from the account. He tried repeatedly, at different ATMs, and on different days, to withdraw from his cheque account, only to be offered a receipt that said there were problems with his account.

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Wallet, purse or handbag stolen?

Before heading out to do you holiday shopping take stock of what is in your wallet, purse or handbag and leave non-essentials at home. The more lightweight your personal items, the easier it will be to handle and look after.


Shopping for a Christmas tree this year?

While an artificial Christmas tree may not be considered an eco-friendly or sustainable option, when carefully packed and stored away at the end of the festive season, an artificial tree will provide enjoyment for your family for years to come.


DIY Divas at Woodlands Boulevard

The Woodlands Boulevard Ladies Club got together on Wednesday 31 October, 2012, to make tug-along toyboxes for the Jakaranda Childrens Home. The event was organised by Woodlands Boulevard centre management, sponsored by Builders Warehouse at Woodlands Boulevard and held at the Woodlands Boulevard Spur.


Desirable homes for sale in South Africa

I love and hate receiving the weekly newsletter from Property24. On the one hand I get to see inside some of South Africa's most expensive homes, and on the other hand I want to sell up and move. It's not that I hate my house, but it's human nature to want something you can't have...!


Know your rights: Boundary walls

The boundaries between your properties mark where your rights end and your neighbours' begin. Having a knowledge of each others' rights and obligations is the first step in establishing a good relationship with your neighbours and enjoying your rights to the full.


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Living with noisy neighbours

Whether you live in a townhouse, cluster development or free-standing home, at one time or another you may have or have to put up with noisy neighbours. What does the law say about dealing with noisy neighbours and do you have to put up with it?


Inspect before you buy

Although it's the law that home sellers have to be up front about defects, it's amazing what a coat of paint will cover up and you will only start noticing problems six months down the line - when it's too late for recourse.


More and more women are doing DIY

Why are more women getting involved in DIY? I have come up with various theories for this phenomenon and you are welcome to add your own comments on the Home-Dzine facebook page:


Electric vehicles are not the way to go [yet]

With the bulk of South Africa's electricity being generated from low-quality coal, Wits researchers have reported that electric cars will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.


Mobile devices can explode!

Just when you thought nothing else could go wrong, imagine your GPS exploding, or even your cellphone. While new battery technology is more eco-friendly than older NiCad batteries, if you leave them switched on or plugged in for too long they could explode due to excess heat.


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Secure your home

Don’t be put off by the ugly old-fashioned options in many of our homes. There are many more designs to choose from these days, and Trellidor has some attractive suggestions.



Is your car protected by DataDot?

Microdot technology is a groundbreaking innovation in vehicle identification created to solve the problem of identifying stolen or hijacked vehicles... And it looks certain to revolutionise the motor insurance industry.


Landlord or tenant - who pays?

If problems arise with rented properties, especially those in the residential sector, they frequently revolve around maintenance issues.



2012 budget and the property industry

The macro economic climate presented in the 2012 National Budget suggests that the South African property market will in the next year, continue to trade in an environment characterised by uncertain and subdued economic growth.


Don't overspend when decorating

If you're planning a decorating project in the near future, be sure that when your redecorating project is done, you haven't overspent to achieve that look. While you want everyone who sees it to think it looks like a million bucks, woe to your wallet - and possibly your credit - if you spend too much.


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Make money in 2012

Let's face it, 2011 was a tough year for all. Fuel prices going up, unemployment, groceries costing more, all contributing to a year we would rather forget. While the outlook for 2012 doesn’t look much better, with every new year comes a new chance to change one’s own circumstances... new year, new start.


Plan carefully before you renovate

Renovation is a ‘dirty’ word, not only for the dust and mess, but also as a cause of serious stress. Indeed, additions and alterations have been known to reduce grown men to tears and strong women to helpless rage.


Is your property underinsured?

The value of a home can increase significantly following extensive remodelling or renovation work. When you are carrying out any serious work to your home it is vital to contact the insurer of your property to ensure that your coverage is still correct.


Buying a home vs renting a home

House prices and interest rates have fallen to such a great extent, that the monthly cost of owning a home is now more affordable than at any point in the past 15 years and less expensive than renting in a number of South African suburbs.


Is a home office tax deductible?

Working from home certainly has its perks, especially if your home office enables you to reclaim your hard-earned money back from the taxman.



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Prepare for floods

So far this year we haven't seen much rain up here in Gauteng, but that may change in the next couple of months and perhaps now is a good time to prepare for any eventuality.



Ensure a home is safe

Everyone looks forward to going away on holiday - including burglars. The SAPS provide you with some tips on ways to protect your home and possessions.



Are you insured for replacement value?

A new survey reveals that it is almost 30% cheaper to buy an existing house than rebuild one. As a result, it is vital that you consider the rebuild cost when insuring rather than the market value or you may be left underinsured.


WDC 2014

Winning World Design Capital 2014 is a win not just for Cape Town – it’s for the region, the country, the continent.



Screwed art

Andrew Myers blends modern material with classical figurative technique. It is his unification of these three characteristics that results in the innovative and modern artwork that captivates viewers and has been so highly acclaimed nationwide.


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CPA puts the squeeze on

The new CPA (Consumer Protection Act) poses many benefits to the South African public, however, the act itself does enforce legislation that could negatively affect landlords and property managers earning a living in the rental market.


Need an architect?

There can be few things in life that are theoretically more satisfying than designing, or even remodelling, your own home.



Celebrate Diwali

Diwali, popularly known as the “Festival of Lights”, is an important annual Hindu festival that is celebrated by families performing traditional activities together in their homes.



Poisoned home

In the Cape Town suburb of Plumstead stands a house poisoned by the over-application of a pesticide by a fumigation company some 11 months ago.



National Credit Act

We highlight things you need to know about the new National Credit Act.



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Plan for emergencies

Making sure everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency, can be the key to protecting your home and family.



Homeowners insurance

When you buy a home the bank requests that you take out a comprehensive insurance policy to the value of your home. This home owners insurance covers the replacement cost of builders should anything occur.


Choose the right fish

The ocean has always been viewed as a bottomless resource but the reality is that marine resources are finite. What can you do to make a difference?



Paying too much for your car insurance?

Are you paying too much for your motor vehicle insurance? Do you review your policy at least once each year?



Preventing water damage

Water damage is the most common cause of household insurance claims. Not surprisingly, it is also the area in which most damages claims are rejected by insurers.



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Step onto the property ladder

The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in South Africa to launch a large scale pilot - with plans for a city wide roll-out - of a door to door recycling collection service.



Cape Town leads the way in recycling

The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in South Africa to launch a large scale pilot - with plans for a city wide roll-out - of a door to door recycling collection service.



Unite on Women's Day

I have seen myself what women, often in the toughest circumstances, can achieve for their families and societies if they are given the opportunity. The strength, industry and wisdom of women remain humanity’s greatest untapped resource.


Michelle Obama in SA

During her recent visit to South Africa, America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, scheduled visits to Day Care Centres in Zandspruit.



Location, location, location

What most of us want is a nice property in an area to which we can easily and quickly travel to and from work.



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Incandescent bulbs ban

Incandescent light bulbs are to be banned in South Africa and all users will have to switch to other sources of light such as the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that are considerably more expensive.


Inspect before you buy

Buying a home is risky business. After a lengthy search, you’ve found your perfect house in the right suburb but neglected to investigate what lies beneath the surface.



Smart shopping

The Pick 'n Pay smart shopper card is a rewards card that gives you cash back on just about everything in your trolley. Simply swipe your card and for every rand spent, we give you 1 smart point.


Rats on the prowl

Are rats really the dread disease-carriers they're said to be, and , even if they're not, what can you do to keep them off your property?



Surfing safety

With most of my waking hours divided between sitting in front of my PC and surfing the net and doing DIY projects, I know how tricky it can be to avoid getting a virus. Here are some tips to help you stay virus-free.


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Life cycle of a plastic bag

We’ve all seen images of birds and fish, with plastic grocery bags in mouth. The toxins they carry are nearly impossible to eliminate as we don’t really know how if ever they break down naturally.


Home buyers check list

Puchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make during your lifetime. Managed well, it can be a very rewarding investment over the long term.



How clean is tap water?

After hearing rumours, stories and goings-on about our water supply, and the purity thereof, I decided that it was time to take a closer look at the situation.



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