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PUBLISHED: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Staff

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Many of us take for granted what makes our dresser’s drawers, fidget spinners, or other common items work. Bearings are in many of the things we use and are essential to their function, and it helps to have a basic idea of how they work before purchasing items such as drawer slides for your furniture. We want to cover two types of bearings: ball and roller.

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PUBLISHED: Friday, August 04, 2017 by Staff

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Even the most modern and beautiful kitchen can have a hidden problem: a lack of storage space. No matter how big your kitchen may have seemed when you first moved in, there never seems to be enough storage space for all of your kitchen tools and gadgets, especially as the years go on and you accumulate more items. Fortunately, there are a number of easy and affordable solutions to a lack of kitchen cabinet space.

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PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Staff


A messy closet can be disheartening, especially when you’re struggling to make use of its space, don’t have room to hang everything, and see shirts tumbling out whenever you open the doors.
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PUBLISHED: Monday, June 19, 2017 by Staff

How to Order Replacement Parts for Drawer Slides
Drawer slides are one of those items you never really think about until they suddenly stop working. Whether it’s the drawer in the home office you throw random junk in, or the one you use everyday to grab your favorite pans in your kitchen, a broken drawer can be a serious headache.
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PUBLISHED: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 by Staff

Ultimate Guide to Perfectly Organized Kitchen CabinetsIn many households, the kitchen is the most frequented room. However, if your cabinets aren’t organized, using your kitchen can be difficult and inefficient. If you’ve ever opened a cabinet only to have dishes come tumbling out, or you’re hurting your back digging through messy lower cabinet shelves to find what you need, it might be time to reorganize. read more...
PUBLISHED: Monday, May 01, 2017 by Staff

For a lot of homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. It is where you prepare your family meals, where your family gathers at the end of the day, and where everyone loves to meet and talk at a party. Whether you’re looking to up your home’s resale value or simply trying to give your place an update, the kitchen is a great place to start. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 by Staff

After seeing the insides of so many beautiful homes in your favorite Homes & Gardens magazines and on TV, you have a lot of ideas for how you’d outfit your dream house. Since you’re moving into a new home and have a blank canvas in front of you, now’s the time to make those dreams a reality! You now have a fresh start, and this is the perfect chance to install the latest and greatest in home upgrades and get one step closer to your ideal home.

But where do you begin? Remodeling a new home is overwhelming in its possibilities, so it can be hard to know which additions to ask for. There are so many ideas out there, so why not try something a little creative? These 10 ideas are sure to make your house stand out from the crowd.

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PUBLISHED: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 by Staff

By the year 2030, one in five Americans is projected to be age 65 and over. The U.S. population is getting older, and more older adults are choosing to live independently or with family rather than paying for an expensive nursing home. Even if you are years out from old age, it is never too soon to start thinking about how to make your home safe and accessible for yourself or an older family member.

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PUBLISHED: Thursday, December 01, 2016 by Staff

At some point, you'll probably find a reason to remove the drawers from one of your cabinets, dressers, or a similar piece of furniture. Whether you’re moving the furniture and need to make it lighter before transport, cleaning the piece out, or if you need to make a quick repair, removing the drawers is usually the first step. The process of removing drawers is usually simple, but it will vary depending on the type of drawer slides you're working with. Below are instructions for removing drawers from the most common types of drawer slides.

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PUBLISHED: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 by Staff


Cabinet knobs and pulls may seem like just another small hardware piece that you don’t need to put much thought into. In reality, knobs and pulls act as accessories for your cabinets and can make or break the rest of your decor. Much like jewelry makes different statements and can create different looks with apparel, knobs carry out the same function with cabinets. 
Kitchens generally have more cabinets than anywhere else in the home, and choosing an interior design style for a kitchen can be a huge chore. There are so many different decor styles, and kitchen knobs and pulls to match them, to choose from. It can be hard to narrow down which combination of decor and knobs is right for you.    read more...
PUBLISHED: Thursday, November 03, 2016 by Staff

35 Clever DIY Projects To Test Your Cabinetry SkillsYou find yourself with a workshop full of material and nothing fun to work on—we’ve all been there. Have all the drawers in the kitchen been switched out, and there’s not a single wood guide in the house? Grandaughter already has a jewelry box, and your wife is joking about you working on your own coffin? read more...
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 by Staff

During the holidays, it’s so nice to spend time with friends and family. However, it can be stressful to plan and coordinate big holiday events in your home. There are so many things to do around the house to prepare for holiday guests, but don’t worry!

Before the overeating and celebrating begin, take some time to review how to prepare for holiday visitors. From cleaning to decorating, keep this list handy to be sure your home is ready for some holiday cheer.

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PUBLISHED: Tuesday, November 01, 2016 by Staff

Sticky Drawer? How to Lubricate Metal or Wood Drawer SlidesThere are few things more frustrating than a stuck drawer. Fortunately, drawer slides are usually simple to fix once the problem is identified. Sometimes, a drawer can pop out of the grooves it slides in, in which case you just need to get the drawer back on its tracks. However, if a drawer is on its slides properly but is not moving smoothly or is stuck, you likely need to lubricate both it and its slides. read more...
PUBLISHED: Thursday, September 01, 2016 by Staff

How To Choose Between Wood and Metal Drawer SlidesWhen the time comes to choose between wood and metal drawer slides for your woodworking projects, the intended use of the drawers you are creating as well as the environmental conditions in which they will be used must be considered in order to make the best decision. Although metal slides have a number of advantages and are generally preferred over wood, in certain cases, such as traditional handmade furniture, wooden slides serve as a symbol of true authenticity and fine workmanship.

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PUBLISHED: Thursday, September 01, 2016 by Staff

How To Organize Your RV Kitchen CabinetsWhether you're full-time boondocking or just glamping for a weekend in your RV, a comfortable, clutter-free kitchen enhances your limited living space. Organizing is easy with the right strategies, tools, and devices helping you maximize your storage space. Once you've adopted these ingenious tips and storage solutions, you'll never stop smiling in your beautiful, spacious RV kitchen! read more...
PUBLISHED: Sunday, June 05, 2016 by Staff

Best DIY RV Mods To Optimize Your Storage SpaceMost RVs include a decent amount of storage space. The problem is finding a way to store what you need in a way that is functional in everyday life. It’s often difficult to access items in storage because many storage areas are too deep, too low, or too high to be convenient. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by Staff

Custom cabinetry is a wise investment that can truly transform any space. Your cabinet doors and knobs may complement your décor and furnishings, while the shelves, drawers, and overall dimensions determine how much storage space you'll gain. But when it comes to cabinets, one of the most important features is also one of the most overlooked: cabinet hinges. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 by Staff

If you spend time crafting or doing DIY projects around the house, you probably have a lot of extra materials lying around. For instance, you might have extra scrap wood, nails, screws, corner braces and many other spare parts tucked away in drawers or cabinets. Instead of gathering dust, put these scraps to good use!

 
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PUBLISHED: Monday, April 25, 2016 by Staff

There is an incredible amount of information online for home improvement and DIY projects. This is great news for handyman and crafty-minded folks, but it can be difficult to find the best sources in a sea of information.

For home improvement projects, it’s best to see the project being done by an experienced teacher. There’s no better place to find an experienced teacher visually sharing step-by-step instructions than YouTube. There are several YouTube channels that cover a wide variety of topics on home repair, upgrades, and maintenance.  

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PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Donna Cook

Hannah and MadiFor those of us who are pet parents, we know just how many items accumulate in regards to our fur-babies. My two lovely ladies, Hannah and Madi are the apple of my eye.  Hannah is one year old and Madi is eight years old.  
They both have unique dietary needs.  I have, in the past had up to three dogs, each of which had different dog food requirements. Needing multiple bags of dry dog food, it was quite an eyesore seeing three large open bags of dry dog food sitting on  the laundry room floor.  All of the dogs were well-behaved and never offered to tip a bag creating an "all you can eat buffet!"  Storage was on my to-do list. 
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PUBLISHED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Donna Cook

Full extension drawer slides are very popular with cabinet builders and homeowners. This style of slide provides access to all items stored in the drawer by allowing the drawer to extend all the way to the front edge of the cabinet. The most common full-extension slides used in and around homes are generally rated for 100 lbs.

Why is it important to measure accurately?

By taking the time to measure correctly, you get the correct item and do not have to make returns to the store or online merchant. All this takes up valuable time and adds unnecessary cost to your project. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 by Donna Cook

There are 5 critical points to selecting the correct drawer slide for your application. Whether you have new construction or you are retro-fitting drawer slides, these tips will help you select the right slide for the job. Not all drawer slides work for retro-fit projects so when in doubt, ask a Tech Professional for advice.

1- Cabinet depth: Cabinets come in a variety of depths. Knowing the inside cabinet depth is the main measurement needed when selecting the length of drawer slide to purchase. Drawer slides come in 2" increments. If you have a 23" inside cabinet depth, you would need to order a 22" drawer slide and the rear mounting bracket to make up the additional 1" of space for proper installation (if the slide needs to be mounted to the rear wall of the cabinet). Frameless cabinets do not need the rear mounting bracket as the slides mount directly to cabinet wall. read more...
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Donna Cook

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• The difference between framed and frameless construction in cabinetry is the presence or absence of a face frame.

• In a cabinet that has a face frame, the doors and drawer fronts can be mounted inset flush into the frame, partially overlaying the frame, or fully overlaying it. • In frameless cabinetry, the doors are mounted to the sides of the cabinet box and therefore fully-overlay the box. • Both types of cabinetry can be made with engineered wood, plywood or solid stock. read more...
PUBLISHED: Monday, August 12, 2013 by Charles Wimbauer

Here at OVIS, we are trying to do our part to help reduce the amount of foam packing peanuts used each year. John Shredder

In 2009, we purchased a cardboard packing shredder to reduce the amount of foam packing peanuts we use each year. By using the packing boxes sent to OVISonline.com from our vendors, we can eliminate the need for mass amounts of packing peanuts for the large/heavy items we ship to our customers. The shredded cardboard pads better for heavy items than the foam peanuts, which compress under the weight of the Cookware Organizers and Wire Pull-out Basketswe carry. Cardboard is shredded weekly here at OVIS for packing material. The shredder takes a solid piece of cardboard into the front end of the machine and once the blades do their magic, the end result is a flexible/stretchable piece of shipping material. read more...
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Donna Cook

I had a customer call today needing an RMA for a 565-10-52 Door Mount Spice Rack. It seems that her cabinet shelves were not allowing her to use the product and also close her cabinet door. I issued her RMA and while offering her a possible product for her dilemma, I thought to myself that this could be a good blog article.

OVISonline.com carries a variety of Rev-a-Shelf, Door Mount Spice Racks. From the budget friendly 565 Series, to the top of the line 4ASR Series, you are sure to find one that will work for you.

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PUBLISHED: Friday, May 25, 2012 by Donna Cook

Are you building a new kitchen? Are you giving your old cabinets a fresh look? No matter which project your are about to embark on....keep this in mind- Decorative Cabinet Hardware is like the frosting on the cake and we all love cake! No, wait? Maybe it's we all love frosting?  Anyway, I'm getting off point.... Long before I started my “Mess to Managed” projects, I swapped out my cabinet pulls. It is a very fast and easy project that takes only an hour or so once you get your hardware style picked out. I personally like a solid pull. They are easier to keep clean but I dearly love the more ornate style. If it weren't for baking and possibly getting dough in them, I would swap mine out again in a heartbeat. Simple functionality works for me. read more...
PUBLISHED: Saturday, May 05, 2012 by Donna Cook

I have battled insomnia for most of my adult life. Before starting my Mess to Managed projects, I would usually surf the channels and see what my late night buddies, Jay, Dave and Jimmy were up to! Those guys are great and always there to keep me company until I finally unwind and fall back asleep. As of last night, the guys have had to take a back seat.  After a couple of hours of what must have been pretty productive sleep, I awoke at 1:00 am ready to go! "Where did I go" you ask? I'll tell you where I went! Straight to the laundry room where I was met with piles of dirty laundryheaped upon the floor. Who's at fault for the mess on the floor? I could blame my two guys but I did say, "Just throw the dirty stuff on the floor and I'll get to it." Fortunately, I have a separate laundry room with a door. Quick fix....close the door! Can I get an Amen, if you've ever done this? read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 by Donna Cook

I have, over the years, developed quite the DIY vocabulary list. Most of my terms are somewhat technical sounding and I have decided to share some of them with you. Bear in mind, I had no brothers growing up and was dads gopher for much of my early years. Lord knows he tried to teach me right, but I just didn't grasp the correct name for some of the tools I had to go get for him. To this day, I call things by the wrong name but I can tell you what they are, what they are used for, and I usually use them correctly. There is still the occasion a screw driver will make due when a hammer isn't within arms reach. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 by Donna Cook

It's hard to believe October is already here. Everywhere you look people are putting out their fall decorations and "spooking" out the lawn in preparation for Halloween. Personally, I love Halloween and I already have this years costume for the annual "Thompson-Halloween Gala" held by my neighbors. We get caught up getting the kids ready for Halloween, buying the latest Super Hero, Fairy Princess, and assorted Ghoul and Goblin costumes or making the other crazy costumes they think up. Then you have to buy the candy to hand out! How much should I buy? Will I have a lot of "Trick or Treaters" this year?Do I get the cheap candy mix or get the stuff I know we will eat if we don't hand it all out? After al read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by Donna Cook

Well, I have completed organizing two cabinets and now I'm inspired. The next cabinet is a small one, but is as equally a mess as the first two I knocked out. I stared at my newly decked out, double door cabinet and basked in my "happy cabinets" as I like to refer to them. I have been showing them off to my family and friends. Then I would open the door beside them and my head would hang in shame. Poor sad little cabinet. It was going to be a very inexpensive, simple and practical organization project. read more...
PUBLISHED: Friday, August 26, 2011 by Donna Cook

Cabinet door never stays closed.Upon completion of my first college English course, I was told by my boss, write a blog. Me? A blog? Seriously. About hardware? Yes. So, it begins. I needed to think how to approach the subject. I have a kitchen that is less than Better Homes and Garden quality. We sell pretty much any organization item a person could want for their kitchen, except for a personal chef. This could work! Looking around my kitchen I feel the need! The need (not for speed, Maverick) the need for a pot and pan organizer if we are gonna cook that Goose. Christmas has come and gone but not the heaping pile of pots, pans and mismatched lids. It isn't easy finding the right pot and lid when you have to remove half a cabinet of chaos, only to realize the pan you needed is already on the stove. You put everything back in the cabinet and take one step away when you hear the crash and clang of the avalanche falling out on the floor. read more...
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Staff

Rev-A-Shelf 6882 Series Half Moon Lazy SusanDo you have a Blind Corner Cabinet that is driving you crazy because you can't see back into it to find anything you have stored?  Well, OVISonline.com has the perfect solution and it's called a Half-Moon Lazy Susan! With a few simple measurements you can be well on your way to organizing those "lost" items that never really were "lost" at all! The most important measurement is the door opening width. If you have a standard blind corner cabinet, and you meet the minimum opening requirement, you should be good to go. read more...
PUBLISHED: Friday, August 12, 2011 by Staff

Rev-A-Shelf 5WB2 Series Pull-Out Wire BasketThe Rev-A-Shelf 5WB1 and 5WB2 Series of Chrome Wire Baskets is one of the most popular items we have ever had here at OVISonline.com.  They just seem to fly out the door.  Let me explain why I think these units are such a success story for kitchen organization. First - They come in almost every practical size imaginable. Second - They are available in single or double shelf units. Third - Ease of Use and Installation Ok - first let's review the sizing.  Most base cabinets come in what the industry views as standard.  The most common base cabinets for a kitchen would be a 9 inch, 12 inch, 15 inch, 18 inch and a 22 inch.  With the exception of sink base cabinets, these are pretty typical of what you will see in most kitchens.  So, Rev-A-Shelf introduced this series in all of those practical standard sizes. read more...
PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 by Chip Wimbauer

Let's face it, times are tough for most people these days. We've got some ideas to make your life a little bit easier and not break the bank. Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It's not only a living  and entertaining area, but a work area too. A bit of organization can go a long way to reducing the stress level in your everyday hectic life. So here are my "Big Bang for the Buck Items" Rev-A-Shelf RV-18KD-2 S White Double Pull-Out Waste Container
The kitchen waste container may be the most used item in your kitchen, if not the whole house. The only other thing that can rival it is the fridge. read more...
PUBLISHED: Friday, August 05, 2011 by Staff

Rev-A-Motion 4WCBM-18DM-2 Double 35 Qt Waste ContaineEveryone knows when you're organized your life runs much smoother. Well, how about start with the kitchen?  I know from being a working mother, of 5 kids, that time and organization are key, especially, when it comes to preparing dinner.  So, an organized kitchen for me and I'm sure a lot of you mothers out there is crucial. OVISonline.com offers a variety of very simple retrofit items that have definitely eased some of my kitchen woes.  Have  you seen one of the newer waste container designs from Rev-A-Shelf - the 4WCBM Rev-A-Motion Series Waste Container Unit?  It's amazing!  read more...
PUBLISHED: Friday, July 29, 2011 by Staff

Rev-A-Shelf, RAS-ML-HDCR,  Heavy Duty Mixer LiftFor all you fabulous cooks and bakers out there who are are addicted to your Heavy Duty Kitchen Mixer - We have the perfect solution for not only storing your mixer out of the way but also making it easier on your back with the RAS-ML-HDCR - Heavy Duty Mixer Lift. Once you have this item, you will wonder how you ever got along without it! This mixer lift unit, creates a way to store your mixer and easily lift it up out of your cabinet, without exerting any strain to your back  every time you want to use it. read more...

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