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If you’re a new homeowner or starting to take interest in home maintenance and home DIY, it’s best to know the tools you’ll be needing to keep your home in tip-top condition. Here are 11 tools you need to know and need to have for an efficient home maintenance:

  1. Screwdriver

There are two types of screwdrivers—a Philips screwdriver and a Flat Screwdriver.

The Philips screwdriver comes in various sizes, from size zero to four. To use it properly, your tool’s size must match the x-slotted Philips screw for a firm grip and tighter fit. Remember that your Philips screwdriver is only used for Philips screws.

Another type of this tool is a Flat head screwdriver, its body a wedge-shaped flat tip. It is used for screws with a straight head slot, fitted to the tool’s shape.

A screwdriver is a common tool at home, as it helps in home installations such as cabinets, chairs, tables, and many more. A screwdriver is the most used and abused tool at home, and can be used as a substitute for many other household tools.

  1. Hammer

Like screwdrivers, a hammer is a basic hand tool a home has. There are a lot of different types of hammers, but the most common and basic of them all is the Claw Hammer, used for basic house repairs and maintenance.

A hammer is usually used for hitting things. A most common example of this is when you stick a nail to the wall. However, aside from the purpose of hitting, a hammer’s claw can also be used to take out nails on the wall, and can also be used as lever.

  1. General Pliers

Pliers are another one of the most common tool in houses. It is a multi-purpose hand tool; they can be used for gripping bolts to holding objects to cutting and bending wires.

Pliers are great tools to have for home maintenance. When dealing with repairs, it has variety of uses—from tightening and loosening bolts to bending and cutting wires.

  1. Needle-nose pliers

Needle-nose pliers is another type of pliers with sharp and thin blades allowing them to bend, cut, and reposition wires. Its body is made of steel, and its handle made of insulated plastic or rubber for electric shock protection.

Needle-nose pliers are good to have when fixing electrical wires and cables at home. However, even though this is its main purpose, it’s also great for reaching tight spots  and gripping small screws regular pliers can’t handle.

  1. Handsaw

Hand saws are essential in carpentry or woodworking. Although there are a lot of power saws available nowadays, a hand saw is ideal for general sawing jobs, cutting both softwood, hardwood, and plywood.

There are different types of handsaws, perfect for different materials—from wood to metal to plastic. Having a handsaw at home is beneficial for when you decide to have home improvement projects or make new furniture.


Photo by Russ Hendricks

   6: Wrench Set (Spanners)

A spanner is an adjustable wrench tool used for tightening or loosening different sizes of bolts and nuts. The body is made of chrome-plated steel to prevent corrosion.

Because of its small and lightweight build, spanners are usually used in plumbing repairs, especially on leaky faucets and pipes.

  1. Pipe Wrench

A pipe wrench is a basic type of wrench tool. In reference to its name, its general use is for tightening and loosening pipe joints. The pipe wrench’s self-tightening properties and hardened jaws secure grip on soft, iron pipes.

There are six main types of pipe wrenches, although the straight pipe wrench is the most basic and common pipe wrench for home use.

A pipe wrench is best to have when maintaining your bathroom and kitchen.

  1. Socket Set

A socket set is a type of wrench with a socket attached to one of its ends. Commonly, it is a handle with a 90-degree ratchet and a set of sockets in various sizes.

If you’re wondering, a ratchet is a type of round mechanism that releases when it moves to one direction and holds when it moves on the other direction.

Sockets are usually used to tighten fasteners like nuts and bolts in your home.

  1. Measuring Tape

A tape measure is an essential tool when working on projects that include precise measurements. It is a great use for building new furniture at home or simply measuring your space for renovations and redecorations.

Cordless Drill

  1. Cordless Drill

Cordless drills are easy to use tools that are versatile and good substitutes for other tools. It is mostly used for inserting pilot holes and screws to wood, drywall, and concrete to avoid breakage or wood splitting. This works well when you decide to put up posters and boards without damaging your wall.

  1. Drill Bits

A drill bit is the long steel material attached on a drill tool, used to create holes on wood. They are usually designed to spin clockwise. There are a variety of drill bits, however the most commonly used is a twisted drill bit, as it is versatile enough to cut into any type of material. This is what is commonly used to drill a hole into a wall or wood when doing home renovations and redecorations.


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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