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Hold It is one of those little tools that I suspect many of us never knew existed.  If you’ve ever lost the little tube off a can of WD-40, brake cleaner, compressed air or the like, this inexpensive widget will prevent it from happening in the future.  Available from Amazon.  $1.98 for a package of […]

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Kevin on August 28th, 2012

Looking for a way to tape or otherwise seal splices I’d made on the (underground) wiring for our low voltage landscape lighting, I recently stumbled upon Liquid Tape. This stuff is fantastic – it completely seals electrical splices or connections, and sets up in a mere five minutes.  You just brush it on, wait a […]

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Kevin on March 29th, 2012

The first time I used Cleancaf, something remarkable happened.  I was dissolving a packet of Cleancaf in a quart of warm water in my coffee maker’s carafe before pouring it into the machine’s reservoir.  As I stirred, I suddenly noticed that a heretofore invisible film was being stripped off the inside surfaces of the carafe.  […]

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If your wine collection exceeds the capacity of your wine refrigerator, you have a problem. Wine must be stored at the proper temperature in order for it to age properly, but wine refrigerators that can accommodate more than a couple of dozen bottles come with nosebleed-inducing price tags ($500+). If you have an extra “standard” refrigerator, however, you can convert it to a large wine refrigerator for less than $50.

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You’ve probably seen QR (Quick Response) codes on magazine ads and elsewhere. Essentially a square barcode composed of varying sizes of black squares, QR codes were originally developed for the automotive industry, but have become increasingly popular for in-store and print advertising, commercial tracking, and ticketing. QR codes are a great way to get URLs, […]

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Regular readers know that I’m mildly obsessed about leaving my garage door open overnight; that concern lead me to devise a garage door open indicator last year. That approach works great – if we leave the garage door open, a small red LED mounted to the ceiling light in our master bedroom is illuminated. That’s […]

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Kevin on December 29th, 2010

As each year draws to a close, I find myself in a reflective mood, reviewing how the year went, what I achieved – and didn’t – and my plans for the following year; I imagine many of you do the same thing. I usually have several days off during late December, and take advantage of […]

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