Reviews

Surestep Ladder Stabilizer

Surestep Ladder Stabilizer

Working from a ladder is a dangerous place, so to improve your ladder safety check out the Surestep Stabilizer

Tackle Small Jobs with Single Use Gorilla Glue

Tackle Small Jobs with Single Use Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue does small tubes for small jobs

Become a Top Chef with the Superbread Fusionwood Knife

Become a Top Chef with the Superbread Fusionwood Knife

We do our fair share of cooking and we truly value the experience of using a high quality knife. Using a good knife just makes your life better, right? Enter the Superbread Fusionwood knife from New West Knives out of Jackson, WY. New West KnifeWorks was founded by Corey Milligan […]

Carhartt Washed Twill Dungaree Work Pants

Carhartt Washed Twill Dungaree Work Pants

I literally wear these pants everyday. No seriously, almost everyday. I’ve got a couple Carhartt jackets and hats which I only use when it’s cold out and I was expecting these pants to be much heavier and bulkier as most work pants are, but these twill dungaree pants are heavy […]

Danner Tektite Work Boot – An Athletic Looking Newcomer

Danner Tektite Work Boot – An Athletic Looking Newcomer

My Danner hiking boots are almost 20 years old and although I don’t use them very much they have held up better than any boots I’ve ever had. They are capable of so much more terrain than I have ever thrown at them, but the best feature is the comfort […]

DeWALT 20V MAX Cordless Jigsaw

DeWALT 20V MAX Cordless Jigsaw

The jigsaw is one of our most used power tools and we love our cordless Milwaukee M12 jigsaw, but when we are cutting large sheets of plywood we need a bit more power and runtime and the new DeWALT 20V MAX jigsaw is definitely up to the task. The DeWALT […]

Duluth Firehose Work Pants are Wild Boar Resistant

Duluth Firehose Work Pants are Wild Boar Resistant

Denim jeans are the default work pants that most of us wear while tackling do-it-yourself jobs around the house. But the trades have always known that jeans simply can’t stand up to the demands of their jobs which require a more durable material and higher level of utility. If you […]

Outdoor Living Made Easy with a Lowe’s Backyard Makeover

Outdoor Living Made Easy with a Lowe’s Backyard Makeover

This summer we traveled to New York to check out the Lowe’s Designer Charity Challenge. We were inspired by what all three designers were able to accomplish using Lowe’s 2012 outdoor collection as well as other items from the Lowe’s home store. Our home is small so we take advantage […]

The Chevy Volt Will Change Your Attitude About Electric Cars

The Chevy Volt Will Change Your Attitude About Electric Cars

Last month we had an opportunity to check out a Chevy Volt for few days. This was my first experience with an electric car and the only other hybrid I have driven was a rented Prius for a few days,¬†which wasn’t very exciting. My daily driver is a Ford F-150 […]

Honor the Pony Express with The Postmaster Tote from Duluth Trading Company

Honor the Pony Express with The Postmaster Tote from Duluth Trading Company

I’ve been on the lookout for an overnight bag that can handle a change of clothes, a couple of books and my laptop. Sounds like a simple task but most duffel bags leave the impression that I just left the gym and backpacks are well, backpacks. Duluth Trading company is […]

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

A couple months ago I checked out the NexGen grass seed lab and the Pennington Seed factory in Oregon and received some valuable information on lawn care as well as a hands-on look at their 1 Step Complete combo mulch seed fertilizer product. I couldn’t wait to get home to […]

Otterbox Defender iPhone Case in Real Tree Camo

Otterbox Defender iPhone Case in Real Tree Camo

I’ve been an iPhone user from the beginning but I’ve never been a fan of cases or covers. I just like the feel of a naked iPhone and the way it slides easily into my pocket. I take great care in how I handle my iPhone but with the newest […]

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffee Maker Review

Our thirst for coffee knows no bounds. We’ve accumulated all types of coffee makers from Bodum vacuum, French Press, Aero Press, Bosch Tassimo, and Keurig Platinum K-Cup. They all offer distinct pros and cons but lately we’ve been using our Keurig on a daily basis. The variety of coffee and […]

STIHL Cordless Chainsaw Review

STIHL Cordless Chainsaw Review

After testing the impressive STIHL cordless leaf blower we had high hopes for the STIHL MSA 160 cordless chainsaw and it didn’t disappoint. STIHL has been manufacturing chainsaws for more than 80 years so they have the engineering dialed in. They’ve now got the powerplant in the 36V 4.5amp battery […]

Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment

Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment

Cordless power tools continue to advance in performance and it finally looks like outdoor power equipment which has long been dominated by gas is finally catching up. Black & Decker invited us out to Tempe, AZ to check out their latest yard tools that have been upgraded to the 36V […]

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

New Baby, New Carpet – A Stainmaster Solarmax Makeover

Our friend Janis was recently blessed with the birth of a baby boy who is only one month older than our son which means we’ve already got the perfect playmate. She lives down the street from us in a one-bedroom condo and shares her apartment with her dog Sake. Janis […]

Fasten Anything With the T50elite Arrow Stapler

Fasten Anything With the T50elite Arrow Stapler

We use a staple gun more often than we realize and we have a vintage steel stapler that still works to this day. But it’s limited in what size staples it can use and doesn’t quite have the punch through power that some of our jobs have required. Arrow sent […]

How To Test For Lead Based Paint

How To Test For Lead Based Paint

The dangers of lead poisoning are real, especially in older homes. If your home was built before 1978 there is a good chance that lead paint or pipes/solder was used. Lead paint is generally not dangerous in its normal form and adhered to the walls but it becomes a hazard […]

Upgrade Your Life with the Whirlpool Duet Washer/Dryer

Upgrade Your Life with the Whirlpool Duet Washer/Dryer

The key component to our laundry room makeover was of course the appliances. Our previous units were at least 10-15 years old and still worked! But they lacked all of the energy and water saving features that modern washers and dryers have. We also knew that with a new baby […]

Milwaukee Cordless Jigsaw is a Must Have DIY Tool

Milwaukee Cordless Jigsaw is a Must Have DIY Tool

For basic woodworking projects around the home a jigsaw is indispensable. It takes up little space and is fairly safe and easy to work with. We’ve been using a Black & Decker model for years and it’s held up well but one major drawback is that its corded so we […]

Make Labels in a Snap…Including Postage

Make Labels in a Snap…Including Postage

If you are still dreading sending out Christmas cards because you hate doing labels, then check out the LabelWriter 450 Turbo from Dymo. It’s super easy to use and it will even print out postage which will save you a trip to the post office. We had our LabelWriter setup […]