Reviews

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 […]

Get Dirty with Mike Rowe Work Boots

Get Dirty with Mike Rowe Work Boots

Mike Rowe should be applauded for shining a spotlight on blue collar jobs. Cat Footwear has taken notice of this and they recently collaborated on a signature series of work boots under the name “Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear”. “We’ve built this series with Mike’s unique perspective on addressing […]

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

Kohler Numi: Would You Buy A $6,500 Toilet?

When we say a $6,500 toilet, we’re talking specifically about Kohler’s Numi toilet. And you’re probably shaking your head in disbelief as you read the title of this post, right? But stay with us. We’re not necessarily advocating a splurge of this size, but when you hear more about this […]

Our Impromptu Review of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Our Impromptu Review of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

This past weekend we received a very unwelcome note taped to our front door. Someone had called the housing inspector’s office complaining of code violations at our address. The issue was some construction debris that lay next to our trash can outside — nothing you could see from the street […]

The Best Homes of This Old House from Kevin O’Connor

The Best Homes of This Old House from Kevin O’Connor

Have you ever wished there was a book to view the best homes of This Old House after the remodel? Well your prayers have been answered. Kevin O’Connor, the host of This Old House, takes us on a personal tour of his favorite homes room by room in his new […]

Husqvarna 562XP Chainsaw – First Look

Husqvarna 562XP Chainsaw – First Look

We’ve got a Poulan Pro chainsaw that works great and we’ve only used it for the occasional de-limbing job, so when I got my hands on the biggest and baddest chainsaw from Husqvarna last week I was stoked! This chainsaw is definitely overkill for most homeowners but for the pro […]

Window Wisdom Video: Easy Cleaning and Added Security

Window Wisdom Video: Easy Cleaning and Added Security

We’re wrapping up our Window Wisdom series with a short video presented by Steve Donovan from Taylor Brothers Architectural Products here in Los Angeles. They carry a wide selection of windows and doors, but it’s obvious that Steve really knows the Marvin lineup and for him the exclusive features and […]

Window Wisdom Recap: Evaluate, Shop, Care

Window Wisdom Recap: Evaluate, Shop, Care

This month we’ve taken an in depth look at windows and have covered three main steps that will help you ensure their best function. Evaluating your current windows, shopping for new windows and how to care for your new or existing windows. We’d like to thank Marvin Windows and Doors […]

Porter-Cable Small Angle Metal Grinder and Cutter

Porter-Cable Small Angle Metal Grinder and Cutter

Porter-Cable is now offering a small angle metal grinder that also functions as a metal cutter. Other applications include cleaning and finishing surfaces and tuckpointing. Features The grinder has a powerful 6 amp motor that specs at 11,000 RPM. It comes with grinding and cutting discs as well as two […]

How to Use a Ryobi Stud Sensor

How to Use a Ryobi Stud Sensor

Stud sensors are a bit of modern day magic that don’t cost much and make a world of difference in time and accuracy. Gone are the days of counting inches from studs on center or tapping against walls to determine the location of studs. With modern day stud sensors locating […]

Milwaukee FastBack Utility Knife Review

Milwaukee FastBack Utility Knife Review

Milwaukee Tools is known for their line of contractor-grade power tools that have an almost cult-like following. Case in point, these tattooed fans of the power tool brand. They are now a serious player in the hand tool industry as they own Stiletto Tools which produces the Trimbone Hammer and […]