Ideas to save money, time and make stuff work that really doesn’t want to work any more.
Access to a cheap fire starter is a good thing. I usually have 1 or 2 strips of bacon with breakfast. I’ve been doing the bacon in the microwave. I put a paper towel in a microwave bowl, then the bacon and cover with a paper towel. Afterwards the towels make great fire starters. However, you have to be careful with how you store the grease soaked paper towels because of the danger of spontaneous combustion.
I was working in my home office and noticed that the furnace wasn’t running. The forced hot air furnace is 35 plus years old and belongs in a museum, not a house, but I’ll get around to that later. I found that the problem wasn’t the furnace. Continue reading
They seemed heavy. I found a free online calculator that gives you an idea of what any given log weighs.
I installed my woodstove in the basement of my 2 story Cape Cod. The problem was that when I would try to light it, I would get a downdraft and the basement and house would be as smokey as a 1960’s biker bar. Here is a relatively simple solution that allows me to start a cold stove in less than 10 minutes.
The lights on my Craftsman LT 1000 leave a lot to be desired. There are times when I could use some better light such as when plowing or trying to mulch leaves after dark. I found a simple solution.
I purchased a Harbor Freight kit trailer in Feb 2017. Here is what I learned building it and some details on registration, especially if you live in a State such a Pennsylvania
I purchased a T-Bone steak (yellow tag sale) for my son and I for lunch. He went out to grill it and said the grill wasn’t working. The cylinder was full. I got a hair dryer and heated up the regulator and valve a little. After a couple of seconds we had a full flame and were on our way to a delicious T-Bone lunch. DISCLAIMER – Please consider that this was applying heat to a canister of flammable gas. Use at your own risk.
With the recent cold snap in the Northeast, my forced air gas house heater has been running like crazy. I have had all kinds of issues with humidifiers in the system. Here is a simple hack to add some humidity to a room. Continue reading