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

Robot Mops are Cool!

iRobot Braava Jet — Review of the "Robot Mop"

I recently bought an iRobot Braava Jet and I love it. My 3 year old calls it the "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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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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