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Home Hacks

Ideas to save money, time and make stuff work that really doesn’t want to work any more.

Dang cold froze my gas grill

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. 

Draining the Swamp like pool

In June 2016, I was facing a 20,000 gallon in ground pool that, because of a couple of years of neglect, resembled a swamp. When I say swamp, I mean frogs had taken over and there were dozens of frogs along with hundreds of tadpoles. I’m not sure what else was in there as the visibility was about 2 inches. My GF had suggested filling it in. When I looked into it it seemed to be unfeasible. I would need to get a permit, rent heavy equipment and purchase fill. In addition, most townships prohibit any future building over a filled in pool. Besides, I like to take a swim. Continue reading

Scavenging firewood from oversized fallen trees and logs.

I can always use more firewood. I have a couple of larger trees that have been down for two or more years plus some larger logs from a red oak that was dropped about 5 years ago.  I also have a wood stove that I use to help heat the house. The problem is how to get usable firewood from these trees. For the most part, the wood is dry enough to burn without having to be seasoned.

I don’t have a splitter. I asked Santa for one this year but he couldn’t fit it on his sleigh. Even with a splitter, the problem still exists that you are dealing with logs that have been in ground contact for some time. Continue reading

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