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Are keyless locks better than regular front door locks?

Are keyless locks better than regular front door locks?

When my front door’s regular mechanical deadbolt lock started seizing up, I wasn’t even considering keyless locks until I saw them at Home Depot.

You know, the electronic kind with a keypad like in office buildings. My first reaction was ‘oh hell no,’ … but I decided to at least read up on them. After all, I’m hoping I won’t have to do this again for at least another 10 years. (more…)

Choosing a freestanding patio heater for an open, uncovered patio.

Choosing a freestanding patio heater for an open, uncovered patio.

When I looked into choosing a patio heater for our small-to-average (15’x15′) uncovered patio, I wound up in the freestanding propane category pretty quick.

From what I can tell, a lot of people do. Here’s a quick read on why it was basically the only option that made much sense for our open-air patio—and how I ended up zeroing in on one model in particular. (more…)

Best wet-dry vac for the money … depends on your budget

Best wet-dry vac for the money … depends on your budget

Shopping for a wet-dry vac will suck the life out of you if you let it. There are SO many models and options to choose from, and so much competition.

Not only are there a lot of features to weigh against each other, there are several models for every need and price point you can imagine, from $50 to $1000 and everything in between. Literally dozens of models overall to choose from, and—because of the intense competition—many of them quite good for the money. (more…)

Pressure washers I can afford? What a blast!

Pressure washers I can afford? What a blast!

I never thought about buying a pressure washer until I looked into renting one to blast some mildew off my brick walls. For about $50, I could rent one for 4 hours, or—much to my surprise—I could buy an electric pressure washer in the $100-$200 range. Electric? I’ve always seen gas-powered models before; wasn’t really familiar with electrics. (more…)

Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.

Buy a garden cart or a wheelbarrow? The answer was yes.

When my wife’s landscaping/gardening efforts got a little more ambitious, she started looking at buying a garden cart. I suggested that a wheelbarrow might be a good double-duty solution—especially since I was going to need a wheelbarrow for some backyard projects. And I didn’t want to borrow my neighbor’s beastly heavy ‘barrow anymore. (more…)