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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Mountable and portable extension cord reel for your garage ceiling

How to Install a Retractable Extension Cord in Your Garage Ceiling

A Safer and More Convenient Electrical Cord 

Like a lot of people, I do woodworking projects in my garage. For my miter saw, table saw, and other power tools, I had always used a regular old electrical cord (a "drop cord"). It worked, but it always ended up tangled on the floor and in my way. So, recently I started looking for a retractable extension cord reel that I could mount to my garage ceiling. The one I found has worked out really well. It's even portable! Thinking it might help other garage woodworkers, I made a video showing how to install the retractable extension cord reel I went with. You can see it and some photos from the installation below. 

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iRobot Braava Jet

In Love with my iRobot Braava Jet Robot Mop!

iRobot Braava Jet — Review of the "Robot Mop"

I recently bought an iRobot Braava Jet "Robot Mop" and I love it. It was actually my 3 year old who started calling it "Robot Mop". I decided to review it here for myHomeUpgrades.com.

Why a Robot Mop?

We already had a Roomba vacuum, and it does a great job picking up dirt and dust. But we've got a ceramic tile kitchen floor and hardwood floors everywhere else. We've also got a toddler and a newborn. And I was getting tired of mopping the kitchen floor and cleaning the hardwoods with my Shark steam mop. I still use the steam mop for spot cleaning. But for routine floor cleaning, the Robot Mop does a better job! 

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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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