When a job sucks–like breaking up concrete, tamping in posts, or even breaking the bead on a tire–it’s nice to have help. I like when bad jobs are made easier by companies that invent tools that can make my life easier. It looks like that is the case with Callander Equipment’s slide hammer. Part post-pounder, part jack-hammer–this tool is a mutant, really. [Read more...]
Since I’m past my college days, I gave up things like this idiotic website a week years ago. I think there should be some sort of revival however, and we can have tools, beer, TVs, and gadgets on there. So, here I go with another one of my crazy ideas: Fixate or Terminate. It’s like our own game show. And, since pretty much everyone on the internet is a solid, upstanding citizen–I feel I could trust the results of a website like that. When has the internet ever steered me wrong? Oh yeah, this! Why did this become a fad? Why did this happen? Is there any single reason for it happening? I hate you internet. Enter the Taylor folding wheelbarrow. I can’t decide if this is cool, or not. Here is my list so far. [Read more...]
You will find the history of the greatest breakfast cereal of all time here and all the requisite information on the spokesfrog: Dig ‘Em. Sometimes we’re just short on good jokes…and digging ones in particular. Particularly when we’re covering something as lame as digging. Enter Emilio Villani, Gemcor, and the One Shot Shovel. [Read more...]
We have another sneak peek of a product not yet available to the market, but thanks to a visit to the National Hardware Show, we’re able to let you in on it. The show had a number of inventive things to make landscaping easier for owners and more green for the environment – and the dsolv Compostable Lawn Bag was one such item.
It’s not available until Fall 2010 (and not in stores until Spring 2011), but since we know HomeFixated readers want to keep ahead of those goofy “mainstream” homeowners, we’re giving you the scoop now. [Read more...]
Sometimes, it feels like you just can’t win. After weeks of nagging by your spouse, you finally get on that “thing” in the yard that you promised to get done. And, of course, mid-way through the project, you realize you need a beer tool from inside the house. You’re feeling lazy, so rather than untie those shoes or work boots, you think you can wipe them on the mat, creep into the house quickly, get what you need, and creep out without leaving a mess. Guess again. As if a dirt alert went off, your spouse is in the room spazzing about the mess you just made by traipsing into the home with mucky shoes. [Read more...]
Last time we hit up getting started fence building tips, we talked a bit about the planning, layout, and installation of the posts. Now, we’ll cover the actual framing of the fence, and finishing it off properly. Your new neighbor will need a good finish–since you will be looking at it quite a bit, and an ugly fence is just…ugly. [Read more...]
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. We think that more often than not, laziness is the mother of invention (Snuggie, anyone?). Sadly, not all is well in the Lazy Family – laziness is also the mother of accidents. We ask you to keep that in mind while you watch this delightful self-propelled lawnmower at work. Before you go off and build your own Blade Bot (our name for it – the actual name is the AutoMower), just remember Brother Accident is lurking nearby: [Read more...]
Let me step back for a moment: I recently had the education of looking after an eight-year old boy for a day. It was a steep learning curve on how the adolescent brain works. [Read more...]
This is in response to the recent inundation on Home Fixated of lawn mowers that Martha Stewart would use. I’m here to show you a lawn mower that Tony Stewart would use and the late, great Billy Mays would have sold. I am not opposed to being green–I am however, opposed to those that would take away the pure awesomeness that is a riding lawn mower. If you don’t like burning fossil fuels to contribute to the global crisis, eagles, high-powered sniper rifles in school lunch boxes–you can just get out! (Any airbrushed eagle on your vehicle automatically counts as citizenship/patriotism for life). Hell yeah! [Read more...]
With summer in full swing, it’s time to embrace those BBQ and picnic weather occasions every chance we can. Patio furniture is certainly nice, but there’s nothing quite as quaint as sitting at a true picnic table, enjoying a meal or a late night round of cards on a summer night.
Growing up, we actually had a picnic table with the long benches in the house (it was nice, I swear!) as our main kitchen table. I have lots of happy memories of meals and board games and – of course – sitting next to someone who farted so hard I could feel it on my side of the bench (ok, fine, it was me! “Who ever felt it, dealt it” was the saying around my home). [Read more...]