All posts by Christopher Simmons

Shindaiwa gas-powered hedge trimmer multi tool

Shindaiwa Makes Great Hedge Trimmer

Great Hedge Trimmer!

Shindaiwa makes trimming hedges easier.

A while back, I made a video showing how I turned my yard from basic to professionally landscaped on a budget. Basically, I hired a landscape architect to draw a landscape plan, then I found a wholesale nursery and put the yard in myself by following the plan. A key part of the landscape plan were the hollies and hedgerows that added structure to the yard. Today, I want to talk about the great hedge trimmer I’ve found to shape those hollies and keep the hedgerows looking their best.

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Stihl leaf blower won't rev up? Check out Steve's Small Engine Saloon on YouTube!

Leaf Blower Need Repair?

Leaf Blower Stopped Working?

A hand-held, high-powered leaf blower can really help you maintain your landscape. But it's a real pain when your leaf blower stops working and needs repair, especially if you're trying to get the fall leaves up off the lawn, out of your yard, and out to the street for pick up. When my leaf blower stopped working last fall, I was thinking it was going to cost me at least $100 plus all the time finding a repair shop and waiting to get it fixed. Luckily, I found a great online resource that helped me get my gas-powered leaf blower back up and running in about 5 minutes for nothing.

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Mobile mechanic can fix my car at my house

Mobile Mechanic Makes House Calls

Car trouble, but don't have money to burn at a dealership or all day to waste at the repair shop across town? A mobile mechanic who comes to your home might be your best solution! This is the type of home service that can make your life better. So, need new brakes, a bad wheel bearing replaced, or even just a tune up? Turns out you can have these and other types of car repairs done at your own home or office by a mobile mechanic. It can be much more convenient and a whole lot cheaper than other alternatives. 

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iGrill 2, probe thermometer for grilling, smoking

iGrill 2 – Best Probe Thermometer for Grilling or the Oven

Weber iGrill2 is the Best Probe Thermometer I've Used

It was a long time ago, way before the Weber iGrill2 came along, when I first heard about probe thermometers. It was on Alton Brown's cooking show, "Good Eats", when he recommended probe thermometers. I've been using them ever since, and I've been through lots of them, expensive ones, cheap ones, and even remote control ones. But the best one I've had so far has been and continues to be the iGrill2. I've been personally using it for over a year. It's a great Bluetooth probe thermometer for grilling, smoking, or even roasting or baking in your oven. I use it all the time, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. 

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Electrocution accidents

Avoiding Electrical Code Violations

A while back, I posted about how I vented my microwave through an exterior wall. One of our readers asked whether the way I did it was “up to code”. It was, but I had forgotten to include in my post a photo of the duct work piece that showed that it was. Meeting code for duct work is important, but meeting code for electrical work may be even more important.

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