When I first was invited to attend Genie’s Blogger Summit in the heart of Amish country in Ohio, I was a little confused. It’s a garage door opener. How much to it can there be? It lifts the door up and then lowers it back down. Well, it turns out there’s a whole lot more to garage openers than meets the eye. Once I started to get past the severe culture shock of the San Diego to Amish country transition (we passed a lot of horse-drawn carriages and women with bonnets riding bicycles), I started to absorb a lot of useful information about garage door openers in general, and Genie garage door openers in specific. [Read more...]
I enjoy a good buzz cooking and fancy myself quite the chef. But, even if I hated to cook, after seeing these antique ranges by Elmira Stove Works, I’d never leave the kitchen. Elmira Stove Works, a family owned business located in Ontario, has been producing cook stoves since the 1970s. Their custom ranges are built using authentic design plans from the 1800s and incorporate all the modern features you would expect today. Each range is handcrafted to accommodate your needs and personal taste. Their full line of kitchen appliances includes refrigerators, dishwasher panels, wall ovens and microwaves in complementary vintage and antique styles. [Read more...]
In some areas of the world, snowblowers – like Charlie Sheen’s liver – have been working some heavy-duty overtime this winter. Perhaps so much so, that – like Charlie Sheen’s mind – these machines aren’t running like they used to. Maybe there’s a screw loose, something’s not quite clicking, or your snowblower now believes it is a bitchin rockstar warlock from Mars with fire-breathing fists. Rather than give up on it, may we suggest that you fix it with your own two hands (we’re talking purely about the snowblower now. Poor Charlie likely needs something of the professional variety for his issues)? Not sure how to do this? Here’s a site that will show you how! [Read more...]
With the Consumer Electronics Show wrapping up, we’re pretty burned out on gadget news. However, we’ve managed to find a gadget not at CES (yet) that will likely appeal to 95% of HomeFixated readers. Never underestimate how much work someone is willing to do to exercise laziness! Especially when that laziness involves beer. It seems that some fraternity finally accepted a high IQ pledge into their ranks. Actually, we have no idea who the guys are in the video. All we know is that genius was involved in this beer delivery invention! Intrigued? Check out the video of the Mini Fridge Beer Cannon in action: [Read more...]
As my wife will tell you–it is a pretty safe bet that I will find a way to build something new, destroy something, or otherwise make permanent any new electronic gadget I get. I kid you not, I was looking behind the car console to see if I could use my Dremel Multi-Max to permanently install an iPod in the car, and hard wire it to our stereo. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to make the wiring that will keep the iPod powered off the car battery. I am sure I could find a way to do this–but my wife won’t let me near raw electricity. This is another reason I am still alive today. She is smart like that.
We’re HomeFixated, so it’s fitting one of our newest advertisers is eReplacementParts.com, a real instigator of fixing things. We’re excited! No, not just because they are paying us to be excited (although that doesn’t dampen our enthusiasm). We’re excited because eReplacementParts.com represents a trend we’ve been noticing in recent years. That trend is in fixing stuff, rather than throwing it away. And many people are doing these fixes themselves. DIY, fixing, power tools. It just doesn’t get much more Home Fixated! [Read more...]
One of the most recognizable scenes in movie history is from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In the scene, a gorgeous and sophisticated Audrey Hepburn steps out a cab. Her hair is coiffed and she’s wearing a black evening dress complete with elbow-length gloves. As she nibbles on a croissant and sips her coffee, she looks into the window of Tiffany’s. You may be surprised to know that I have a similar ritual. You won’t be surprised to know the visual is far more pathetic.
I like to get a maple dip donut and a Tim Horton’s double double and stare into the windows of the neighborhood AGA Cooker dealer (FYI: a cooker is what we North Americans refer to as a range – the AGA is decidedly British). As my coffee drips on my shirt-slash-sleepwear, I imagine one day getting an AGA Cooker for my own dream kitchen. Once the sales staff of the store is sufficiently creeped out, I make my way back to the hole I came from.
Not sure what an AGA Cooker is? Well, my friend, consider this the first day of your life. [Read more...]
A while back we wrote an article about Lite Cylinder, an innovative see-through propane tank. Lite Cylinder attempts to alleviate some of the woes associated with the common propane powered BBQ. That got us thinking about natural gas BBQ’s, and in particular, the highly regarded Weber Genesis E-320. Weber graciously agreed to send us the E-320 to review. We’ve been barbecuing like maniacs since and have learned quite a few tasty things in the process. [Read more...]