Reviews

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 […]

Review: Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote

Review: Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote

We’ve been frustrated with a glut of remotes too control our TV, DVR, DVD and soundbar. Our Motorola DVR has universal remote capabilities but unfortunately never hooked up properly to our Yamaha soundbar which controls the volume so we always have to use two remotes to watch TV. It looks […]

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 […]

Nothing Can Hide From An Energizer Hardcase Professional Spotlight

Nothing Can Hide From An Energizer Hardcase Professional Spotlight

The days of halogen flashlights are fleeting. Mag lights have always been our great go-to light for around the house, camping or any other use, but the intensity of those lights has been replaced by the power of LEDs. Some of the best in this category come from Energizer which […]

Craftsman C3 19.2V Impact Driver – Why You Need an Impact Driver

Craftsman C3 19.2V Impact Driver – Why You Need an Impact Driver

It’s safe to say that impact drivers have hit mainstream and are becoming a coveted power tool for many DIYers. Impact wrenches and drivers have been used by auto mechanics for years and many furniture makes and woodworkers swear by their effectiveness over a standard drill driver. Impact drivers look […]

Timberland PRO Helix Work Boot Review – A Lightweight and Comfortable Boot

Timberland PRO Helix Work Boot Review – A Lightweight and Comfortable Boot

I’ve been using a pair of old Stanley steel toe work boots for the past 7 years that have treated me well but they are finally starting to break down. Since most of my time is spent at a desk and not a jobsite, my work boots aren’t put through […]

Milwaukee Sliding Utility Knife Review

Milwaukee Sliding Utility Knife Review

Milwaukee Tools is well known for their line of ubiquitous power tools including the SAWZALL, drills and fasteners, but they are quickly making a name for themselves in the hand tool market. Hits: Feels great in your hand and blade replacement features are top-notch Misses: Switch location is tough for […]

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

We’ve had a ton of interest in our John Deere tractor articles so we thought we should provide even more detail on their newest utility tractors. We’ll start with the base model from their new 1-series the 1023E sub-compact tractor. Features The 1023E is built for the homeowner but that […]