Saturday, June 24, 2017

Should you bag your clippings while cutting the grass?

To bag or not to bag?

There are 10 million different articles on the Internet that focus on weather or not to bag you clippings while cutting your grass. In one corner, you have those that say if your grass clippings are bagged, you are keeping important nutrients from your grass that helps it grow. Others will tell you that they hate cleaning there patios, walkways and driveways  after every cut (including myself), so therefore they bag. No matter what group you belong to, we are going to look at whether or not bagging is ok while keeping that perfectly manicured lawn, or if you should it is the bag and mulch, mulch, mulch.

Everyone wants that beautiful, lush, golf course looking lawn, but becoming the envy of the neighborhood takes more that just bagging or not bagging you clippings. Every decision you make when planning your yearly lawn care schedule counts.

Every year I apply about a tone of fertilizer that would probably level my neighborhood if someone struck a match next to it. I love those dark green blades of luscious grass that almost look fake from a distance, but I need to cut at least twice a week, or it starts growing out if control. Even if I cut twice a week, the grass is so full, that I end up with clippings everywhere. That being said, I will spend another hour cleaning off by driveway and other walk areas which I really don't like.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tossing your house key for a keyless entry lock.

If you ask my wife, my boss or anyone else that knows me, they will probably tell you that I am not the most organized person that you Will ever meet. My tools are usually scattered throughout my garage, and my desk has three mounds of paper work on any given day.

The problem usually comes when I realize that my truck and house keys are buried somewhere under all that mess, and that I will be spending most of my day looking for them. The other thing I will admit to you is that I am also not the most punctual person either, which leaves me racing out the door without my keys on a daily basis. This then leaves me crawling through a window or smashing my new key lock box (that I forgot the combination to) with a hammer to get the spare.

The point is, I always knew there were better locks on the market that would make my life easier, but guys are a strange bread. Not carrying a pocket full of keys is a strange feeling for me. Think about it, whether it's a car, house, boat or safe, everything that is valuable to you takes a key. That being said, by the time you add up all the metal you have hanging from your key chain, you probably won't even remember what key works with what. Not to mention, replacing you prison guard key ring would be a real pain in the butt.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I am the kind of guy that feels everything that comes with a motor should have a big block v8 in it. It doesn't matter if it's a car, motorcycle, boat or even a lawnmower, I want more power than I know what to do with. My philosophy is bigger is better, so I was very skeptical when a friend of mine suggested that I try one of the new electric/battery push mowers.

Electric tools, including mowers are leaps and bounds ahead of where they used to be. Mowers today have larger batteries that last around an hour a piece in run time, and many newer mowers take two batteries that let you switch between one another. That means once one goes dead, the other is ready to go while the other is in the charger. Not only that, the new lithium ion batteries on the market charge extremely fast, so you always have one ready to go. The other cool thing about some of these mowers (such as Echo) conserve energy while cutting to save on battery run time. While cutting, the mower will actually adjusts the power needed to cut lower/higher grass on it's own. When getting into higher grass, you can actually her the mower sending more power to the blades to get the job done.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Dirty Hand Tools Gas Powered Generators
There is one thing that my wife tries to get me to do that I avoid like the plague......camping. I know most guys like to throw up a tent in the middle of nowhere and sleep on a hard bug infested ground, but I'm not one of them. The biggest drawback for me is the lack of....... well just about everything modern (electric, running water, television, air conditioning etc.), but if there was a way I could get power out to me so I could at least hook up a bug zapper to kill off some mosquitoes, then maybe I would reconsider?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A new door on your house can make it stand out for the rest of the neighborhood. Curb appeal is still the #1 item that potential house buys look for when making that leap. Though there are many things one can do when trying to spruce up their house, one of the cheapest, most eye catching projects is replacing you old dingy door with a new one. 
Although doors are somewhat easy to install, they can be tricky for someone that has never replaced one before. Many of the doors you can buy today are pre-drilled, but even then you still need to add the hinges. Luckily for us, tool manufactures have really made this task simple. Talking to my father-in-law, I swear the only tools people ever owned was a hammer and chisel. Even though there are still those talented enough to install a door only using those basic tools, most of us (including myself) are not, so we are going to look at a few cool little tools that can make the door hanging process as easy as 1, 2 and 3.   

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Choosing between a gas and electric power washer.

Looking at the pros and cons of both.
Every spring my house looks as if it spent a week in the tropical rain forest. Green scum starts growing on the siding, the back deck looks as if it were used as a mud wrestling match, and the driveway begins to look like I started an oil change business on it. If that isn't bad enough, the pollen begins to settle and starts WW3 with my sinuses, which they always lose.   


Which is right for you?


Whether you work construction for a living or you’re just someone that hangs a picture frame from time to time in your house, one of the most important tools to own is a drill. Drills are used every day for a multitude of task that include drilling pilot holes, tightening screws, cutting out door knob holes and even mixing paint, but many of us completely ignore it's cousin the impact driver.

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