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Tough Mudder Obstacles Keep Getting Bigger and Badder

Tough Mudder has become synonymous with bad-ass obstacle courses. You know, the ones where you see people clamoring over giant wood structures or diving under wire into mud pits. It's like being a kid again. Fun right!…

Roof Top Tent Reviews

The best roof top tent is out there, waiting for you to grab it and take it on an adventure of a lifetime. …

How to Pack a Cooler

Use these cooler packing tips to maximize ice retention and keep your food and drink cold.…

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The Pros and Cons of Rooftop Tents vs. Ground Tents

Rooftop tents are the gear of the moment, and for some they add instant credibility to their outdoor aspirations. But, does that mean everyone who enjoys camping should pony up the big bucks just so they can sleep 6…

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New Pool Gear from Ryobi Outdoor

Ryobi Outdoor recently introduced three new pool tools that are getting plenty of use this summer. A pool vacuum, bluetooth speaker and light, and air inflator. These three tools have pool maintenance and outdoor fun covered. Check out our…

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Welcome to the Jungle

We love our yard, but after years of neglect from the previous owner, it has become an overgrown jungle of vines, weeds, and dead trees. Time to clear it!…

John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

Last month we visited one of the John Deere plants near Augusta, Georgia and were the first to check out their new lineup of utility tractors, zero-turn mowers and riding mowers. These tractors and riding mowers are targeted to…

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How To Build A Picnic Table

Building a picnic table is the best way to enjoy the great outdoors in the summer. Eating outside seems to take even the most ordinary of meals to something special, and your backyard is a great place for entertaining,…

New John Deere Utility Tractors

The highlight of our John Deere factory tour was the introduction of a new lineup of sub-compact utility tractors that will replace their current 2305 model. The new series 1 tractors include the 1023E and 1026R. Functionality and versatility…

Now’s the Time to Buy a Stihl Outdoor Power Tool

Stihl outdoor power equipment is coveted by homeowners and professionals everywhere. Now there is even more reason to consider Stihl as they've refreshed their cordless tool lineup by introducing their Lightning Battery System.…

How To Build an Outdoor Shower

An outdoor shower is a simple luxury that anyone can setup. It's like installing your own outdoor waterfall as you enjoy nature a la naturale.…

32 Stylish Modern Decks

These are some of the most stylish decks we've ever seen. They flow seamlessly from a modern home and seem to melt into their surroundings.…

Husqvarna 1650EXL Snow Thrower Review

The constant barrage of snow New York has seen this winter proved the perfect setting to put the Husqvarna 1650EXL snow thrower through its paces. …

Ryobi Pressure Washer

A pressure washer makes quick cleaning of driveways, decks, siding, windows and more.…

Car Camping with an ARB Rooftop Tent

Take care camping to the next level and check out this roof mounted tent from ARB. It is great for expeditions as well as drive up camping.…

Fly Your Flag the Right Way this 4th of July

If you choose to display your American spirit by flying the U.S. flag this 4th of July, please make sure you do it properly. Yes, there is more to it than just unfurling the flag and running it up…

Build It Yourself: Surfboard Storage Rack

Since moving to LA from NYC last year I thought I’d be doing a lot more surfing. It hasn’t worked out like that. As soon as the water got warm the waves went flat. I guess that’s par for…

How To Keep Bugs From Ruining Your Outdoor Party

Due to the drought, many wasps, yellow jackets and flies have begun to forge in people’s green yards and gardens. Besides being a nuisance these bugs can be aggressive and dangerous. We’ve noticed a huge uptick in flies and…

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…

Build a Fire Ring Pit With Stone and Sweat

If you are looking for inspiration in home design, Houzz is a great place to start. They have more than 500,000 photos from designers that you can clip and save in your “ideabook” for easy reference. Houzz also has…

How to Explore Tide Pools (Responsibly)

Everyday the ocean reveals a bit of itself as the tide recedes and in areas of shallow shoreline the trapped water becomes a tide pool that can contain an amazing variety of marine life including seaweeds, coral, mussels, crabs,…

Scraping Topsoil: Why Your Lawn and Garden Won’t Grow

For years developers have been scraping the topsoil (8-12 inches) from properties and selling it to sod farms. It’s another way that land can be monetized and topsoil is a valuable commodity that contains minerals and nutrients from years…

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…

Build the Ultimate Home Workout Space

Gyms are expensive and if you’ve got the space at home, why not invest a bit in building and setting up a home workout space. Not just a home gym with some weights and a Soloflex but a real…

Are Your Trees Safe?

Falling trees are frightening — and worse, they pose a safety risk not only to your property, but to you and your family, too. Although you can’t predict storm damage, you can examine the trees on your property and…

Keep Your Gutters Debris-Free With Gutter Filler

During a rainy Saturday morning last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves at the hardware store to stock up on picture- and art-hanging supplies, as well as a masonry bit and, the motherlode of all finds – a…

How To Seal Your Driveway

Before the temperatures start to dip too low, you may want to consider sealing your driveway. Periodically applying a sealant will help protect your driveway’s condition, and is an especially good idea if you live somewhere with hot summers…

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal With A New Garage Door

Whether you’re considering selling your house or simply want to freshen up your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with installing a new garage door. In fact, this project consistently ranks high on Remodeling magazine’s Cost v. Value report.…

Pet Peek Fence Portal: A Window for Your Dog

Maybe dogs wouldn’t be so aggressive or bark so much if they could see what was beyond their fence? Well the pet peek could be the perfect solution. It looks easy to install and if you’ve got a curious…

Create Your Own Fertilizer With Weeds

As soon as I saw the title of Garden Rant’s post, “Cool Stuff To Do With Weeds,” I was hooked. Because, after all, there aren’t a lot of productive things you can do with weeds–well, besides kill them, that…

Install A Hammock For The Best Sleep Ever

For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a list of features I want in my dream house. They include a library with floor-to-ceiling shelves, a giant kitchen and maybe even a secret passageway. Another thing to add to…

Add Style, Function To Your Outdoor Space With Carpet

With summer in full swing, your home’s outdoor areas are likely getting a lot of use. We’ve already talked about how to create a year-round outdoor living space, complete with furniture and seasonal elements. When you’re creating such an…

Cracks Be Gone: How To Patch A Sidewalk

What’s not to love about a sidewalk? You can draw on them with chalk, and they’re a safe haven on which to walk, bike, jog, jump rope, play hopscotch–you get the idea. Yet over time, sidewalks can crack and…

How To Create A Year-Round Outdoor Space

Grilling, dining al fresco, relaxing in a hammock with a good book–it’s no wonder that spending time outdoors is one of the top activities during the summer. And if your home has a leisure-inducing outdoor space, then you know…

Can You DIY An Irrigation System?

As temperatures heat up, now is the perfect time to think about your yard’s irrigation. If you don’t already have a sprinkler system, you may want to consider one, especially if you plan on traveling. By having an automatic…

How To Clean Rain Gutters

While watching an episode of “Friday Night Lights” last night, I was struck by a scene in which football star Tim Riggins selflessly donates his time to clean and repair his (hot female) neighbor’s rain gutters. OK, so they…