Packaging Materials: Use This, NOT This

There are a lot of dos and don’ts in this world.  DO take a shower.  Don’t roll around in dog poop.  DO wash your hands.  Don’t have unprotected sex.  DO eat lettuce.  Don’t be mean.  This same concept carries over into the “choose this, not this” playing field.  We know it the best when it comes to clothes.  YES, wear jeans that fit you well.  No, do not wear a sweater dress over those jeans.


YES, wear clothes with fun patterns and prints.  No, do not mix your Santa Clause turtleneck with your floral jumpsuit.  It’s more or less common sense type of stuff, but it still helps to go over.  It’s the same thing with packaging materials.  This is a lot less talked about and so people don’t even really know that they have options.  Well, I have put together a short commentary on some products that may, or may not, be a better choice when it comes to your packaging materials needs:

  • If you are sending something that doesn’t necessarily need to be protected, like documents, consider using a standard envelope mailer instead of the bubble kind. Those bubbles are just a waste of money if your item doesn’t need to be protected from bending or bumping.
  • If you are in the business of making a lot of shipments, you might want to consider purchasing a mini machine that can pack small plastic bags with air, which would wind up saving you quite a bit of money if you are just buying stuffing every time.
  • Consider using mailing boxes if you are shipping something, because they are lighter and therefore cheaper to send than your heavy duty, day-to-day cardboard boxes.
  • Instead of using those Styrofoam peanuts as cushion, consider adding popcorn to your list of packaging material That’s right, I said popcorn.  Fill some small sandwich bags with freshly popped popcorn and you’ve got yourself a filler that is friendly in every way (if the recipient doesn’t wind up eating it, they can at least feed the ducks!).
  • Somehow, even with all of the hype about unnecessary waste, we still wind up getting boatloads of junk in our mailboxes every day. Instead of buying more expensive and less eco-friendly bubble mailers, or other pricey box stuffers, save that junk mail to use as stuffing the next time you are sending something out.  You could probably wind up using most if during the holidays alone!

A Quick Guide for Changing the Lock

It’s good to have the door locks changed after some time as it would ensure better safety of indoors. Good thing is that changing the locks is very simple and it takes less time. In this article, we are going to discuss about door lock replacement in a simple step-by-step guide.

Removing Door Lock

  • First you need to know about the brand of lock you have installed. That will help you to understand the design and size of the lock. With this information, you will find it easy to determine how much modification the door lock location will require. If you are willing to purchase the new lock of same brand that you already have, you may need no modification of the door lock area.


  • Taking measurement of doorknobs is important. Sometimes, the interior locksets are smaller as compared to backdoor and front locksets. Using this measurement, you can save yourself from trouble during the installation process.


  • To remove the interior knob, unscrew the screws that hold the knob. That should let the knob to get out of assembly.


  • After the door knob is removed, there would be a decorative cover. The cover would have the screws holding it. Unscrew them and remove the cover. If screws are not visible, you may find an allen bolt hidden along the edge. If the bolt is also not there, then cover is just attached with the plate. You can detach it with a screwdriver.


  • There would be two interior screws in the locking mechanism. Remove those screws and pull the halves of door locks from both sides.


  • Now all that is left is the latch assembly. Remove two screws from the plate that holds the assembly and pull out the pieces.

Installation of Door Lock

  • First you will need to install the latch. Make sure that location of latch on the door is completely free of any remains or debris that could have left due to the removal of old latch. Use a chisel to make the surface even.


  • Now is the time to install the new lockset. You will have to make sure that keyed section of lockset is appearing on the outside of the door. The latch assembly would have a hole through which you will be able to slide the lockset. When the outside part will be slidden in, it will allow the inside part of lockset to be adjusted. Use screws at the places to tighten this part of assembly.


  • Now the door knob should be functional. Test it by twisting while the door is opened. Also check the locking mechanism using keys.


  • When everything works fine, tighten the screws of lockset from both sides of the door. Check the lock again. It should work ideally.

I hope this guide would be helpful for you or you may call a professional Locksmith Tacoma to get it done for you.