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What you can do with an Angle Grinder
by Lorenz Prem on 12-30-2012 4:54 pm

One of the lesser known power tools is the anglegrinder. Most people associate it with flying sparks and heavyconstruction. Turns out an angle grinder is one of the most usefultools to have around the house. If you have ever used one, you'llnever want to go without one. Let's take a look at why anglegrinders are so useful.

Angle Grinders are grinding and cut-off tool

An angle grinder uses an abrasive disk to cut through material.Unlike the teeth of a saw blade, which take small savings, the gritof a grinding wheel slo

Nest Gen2 Programmable Thermostat Review
by Lorenz Prem on 12-13-2012 9:51 pm

One of the most anticipated products for thehome this year has been the Nest thermostat. This device has easilybeen the most visible development in home technology in recentmemory. Everyone is talking about it.

Recently Nest released the second generation of the thermostat.Let's take a look at what this version can do and if itsperformance matches its good looks.

Difference between the Nest Gen1 and Gen2

The Gen2 Nest primarily represent an update in the manufacturingprocess. The new version is s

How to clean your Driveway
by Lorenz Prem on 10-17-2012 4:50 pm

In the pacific Northwest all outdoors spaces getdirty very fast. All that rain makes moss grows just abouteverywhere. In the springtime a dark brown layer of muck coverseverything. Concrete driveways are particularly susceptible. Everyspring its time to wash all that muck off and restore our drivewaysto last summer's glory. Let's take a look at what it takes to washa driveway.

Pressure washing

The most efficient method for cleaning large outdoor surfaces ispressure washing. A pressure washer uses a high pressure water

How to install Track Lighting
by Lorenz Prem on 09-12-2012 6:59 pm

Track lighting is a versatile way to addlighting to any space. A lot of homeowners do not know that theycan install track lighting by themselves without the help of anelectrician. Let's take a look at what's required. Maybe you'llgain the confidence needed to install track lighting in yourhome.

Understand the components

Track lighting is sold in sets. Before installation begins, itis important for us to understand what each component does. Thishelps with correctly placing the track on the ceiling.


Top Tools for First Time Homeowners
by Lorenz Prem on 07-25-2012 7:10 pm

Every homeowner needs a few tools to take careof small repairs around the house. Even if you don't plan on doingany projects there is always furniture to assemble, pictures tohang, and screws to be tightened. Let's look at the top 5 tools youshould have in your house. You'll need them. It's just a questionof when.

Screwdriver set

Screwdrivers are essential for repairing things around thehouse. Screws are found in almost all modern day appliances andelectronics. Chances are you already have a good set.

Lutron MA-T51 Countdown Timer Review
by Lorenz Prem on 12-03-2011 11:47 pm

I have been looking for the perfect bathroomtimer for while now. My old wind-up timer won't stay on anymore.Enter the

Making Floor Vents air tight
by Lorenz Prem on 12-01-2011 8:16 pm

One of the most common areas of heat loss inresidential heating systems are the duct joints. The building codecalls for all joints to be either taped or covered with mastic.Older homes like mine often do not have this work done. Thehomeowner can greatly reduce his or her heating costs by sealingthese joints.

Honeywell RPLS540A/RPLS740B Solar Time Table Switch Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-19-2011 9:28 pm

Here in Seattle the nights are long. It's darkby the time I get home from work. The outdoor lights on my home areoff, unless I leave them on all day.

A friend turned me on to the

Installing Crown Molding
by Lorenz Prem on 11-07-2011 4:11 pm

Crown molding is one of the cheapest and fastestways to improve the look and feel of a room. Installation is withinthe reach of the homeowner. Things can, however, get tricky. Aftercompleting a large project myself I can offer some insight thatwill make your project go faster.

Build a cutting jig

Unless you plan on flat-cutting crown molding, the molding mustbe cut at an angle and upside down. I have found that it isimpossible the accurately position the molding on the miter sawwithout the help of a jig. Aligning the

Installing a Ceiling Fan
by Lorenz Prem on 10-14-2011 2:30 pm

Ceiling fans are an excellent addition to anyhome. In the summer the wind chill the fans produce can often timeseliminate the need for air conditioning. During the heating seasonthe fan helps push warm air that collects at the ceiling down intothe living space. I installed a

Installing a fan speed controller

Some ceiling fans can be used in conjunction with a

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