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Over time the headlights on your car or Handyguy Hauler may not shine at full brightness. The lenses may need restoration. The Handyguys produced a video comparing a commercial product for headlight lens restoration and tried an oft mentioned DIY hack for headlight lens restoration.

Commercial Headlight Lens Restoration

There are many product that a DIYer can use for headlight lens restoration. Handyguy Paul use the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit available at Amazon.

Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit

DIY Hack headlight lens restoration, toothpaste!

If you want to try a DIY hack for restoring your headlight lens then many suggest using toothpaste! You use toothpaste as a polish. Forst clean the lens with window glass cleaner and then polish with toothpaste. Don’t use a gel, use the white stuff.

Toothpaste

Conclusions

While the toothpaste did an okay job it didn’t really compare to the final results of the commercial product. Spend a few bucks and get the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit available at Amazon.

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Security lighting is an inexpensive way to upgrade your homes safety and curb appeal. In this video we discuss How to Choose Security Lighting.

The key to home security lighting is that it has motion sensing abilities AND dusk to dawn. You dont want your home security lighting coming on during the day and also there is no need to have it on when no one is nearby.

We discuss several Security Lighting options in the video.

Decorative home security lighting

If you are shopping for new lights then make sure you purchase ones with built in dusk to day and motion sensing capabilities. Your aesthetic selections may be somewhat limited though.

Designers Edge L-2553BK 16-Inch Dual Eye Motion-Activated Outdoor One-Light Upward Wall Sconce, Black Metal with Beveled Glass

Utilitarian home security lighting

Many people will use a more utilitarian light dedicated to home security.

LED Outdoor Security Floodlight with Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor, Motion Activated Protection, Super Bright 2000 Lumens, 25 Watts, White

Upgrading existing lighting to be home security lighting

Handyguy Brian decided he didn’t want either option. Instead he bought a separate motion sensor with dusk to dawn and installed it in eave of his garage. He was able to keep the nice lights he already had and added the security capabilities.

Heath/Zenith SL-5407-BZ-B Replacement Motion Sensor, Bronze

If you are handy with electrical projects, or hire an electrician, a sensor like this can be added to existing lighting.

 

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How to Organize your Home Network Wiring

Video thumbnail for youtube video How to Organize your Home Network Wiring

In today’s modern house we often have many different bits of low voltage network or video cables. Getting them organized makes for easy troubleshooting and allows for changes and easy upgrades. Watch this video on How to Organize your Home Network Wiring. One key thing for your home networking cable runs will be a patch panel. […]

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Repair Flat Tire riding lawn mower or Wheelbarrow

Video thumbnail for youtube video Repair Flat Tire riding lawn mower or Wheelbarrow

The tire on your wheelbarrow, lawn tractor, snow blower or other piece of equipment goes flat. How do you repair a flat tire on riding lawn mower? If its not obviously punctured, and if you can get air into i,t you may be able to get back to work quickly. Repair a Flat Tire video Repair a Flat […]

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How to Operate a Drill

Operate a drill

I know it seems like a basic thing but we have been asked how to use all the settings on a basic power drill. Check out what the Handyguys have to say about how to operate a drill. Speed, torque, clutch and gears are discussed. Drill Speed Generally, the larger the bit the slower you […]

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Electric Dog Fence Collar Options

dogFence

The Handyguys received several questions about dog fence collar options in response to our video on installing an invisible electric dog fence. The collar is certainly the most important aspect of the project and will drive the selection of the DIY kit you choose. Watch the video as The Handyguys discuss a few choices. Other options are […]

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How to store your snow blower for the summer – snow blower storage tips.

STA-BIL 22264 Ethanol Treatment with Performance Improver -10 oz.

Snow Blower Storage The key thing with snow blower storage has to do with the fuel. Almost all fuel now contains ethanol and ethanol is a killer on small engines. Follow these steps for snow blower storage and you will be good to go next winter. Option 1 for snow blower storage The BEST option, run […]

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Gas Can Replacement Spout

gas can replacement spout

The Handyguys found a gas can replacement spout that actually works! Most gas cans come with terrible spouts. This is often because of the nanny state mandates such as C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board). The idea is we improve air quality by having a spout on your gas can that automatically closes. The government doesn’t think […]

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How to Remove Carpet Staples video

Remove carpet staples

The Handyguys show you how to remove carpet staples the easy way in this video If you just need to remove one or two staples then really any old method will work. What if you are trying to remove hundreds or even thousands? It can take a long long time. Use the technique that Paul […]

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House Water Pressure Adjustment Video

House Water Pressure

Is your house water pressure too high or too low? It may be simple to adjust it. Watch this video by Handyguy Paul on how to adjust your house water pressure. When your house water pressure is too high it can cause issues with water heater expansion tanks, appliances, toilets and faucets. Water pressure that […]

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Pet Doors Install Video

pet doors install video

Pet doors are easy to install, watch this video to see how to do it. ) In this video the Handyguys install a pet door into a hollow core door. You determine the location, cut the hole and install the door. Yes, it’s that simple, even our camera guy Phil could do it! Phil is […]

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Tape measure selection and calibration video

tape measure

In this Handyguys video we discuss tape measure selection and calibration Tape Measure Selection You have a lot of choices, big and small, long and short, wide and skinny. Wide Tape Measures Wide tapes have a great benefit. The “standout” is how far out can the tape extend before collapsing. Usually the wider the tape […]

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Watch Free TV Video

free tv

Watch free TV, yes really for FREE. If you want the absolutely best quality picture quality you can get it for free. All you need is a basic antenna. What this video to get the details. Free TV Picture Quality One of the best aspects of free tv (other than free) is the HighDef picture […]

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Gas Oven Won’t Light DIY Repair Video

gas oven won't light

Your gas oven won’t light, what do you do? In this Handyguys video we do a fairly simple repair and saved big dollars! What part do I need to fix my gas oven won’t light issue? People call this part many different things such as Hot Surface igniter Burner igniter Igniter Starter The part wasn’t expensive […]

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Duluth Christmas Box – Cold Weather DIY

Duluth Trading Co and The Handyguys

Normally The Handyguys spend this time of year recommending gifts for the handy person in your life. We love to demonstrate tools or other household products and gadgets that fit in the stocking. This year we focus on clothing for the weekend warrior who wants to continue working on their cold weather DIY projects! Duluth Trading […]

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Deck Lighting questions answered

Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting questions answered In this video the Handyguys answer some fan questions about deck lighting. What is best, CFL, LED, Halogen, Incandescent? Does it really matter? What about low voltage? The Handyguys love their low voltage systems. Watch the video to find out what is important in deck lighting.

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How to clean out a Garage

MessyGarage

Below is an article from our friends at Zillow. We know all our fans expect to see video with each post so The Handyguys decided to make a video showing some before and after of our messy, then clean (sort of), garages. Check out the article below and enjoy the video. Tips for Cleaning Out […]

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What bits for Makita Impact Drivers

Makita Gold Impact Driver Bits

Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by Makita, but all opinions are The Handyguys. Please see below for additional disclosure. Impact Drivers Impact drivers are very cool tools. They are perfect for driving screws, a lot of screws. You can also use them for driving lag bolts, tightening or loosening nuts and other jobs around the […]

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What is the Best Dishwasher Detergent video

Best Dishwasher Detergent

In this video the Handyguys discuss dishwasher detergent and why dishes often don’t get clean. We have received a lot of feedback on our video about fixing a dishwasher that wont clean dishes and for many (too many) people the issue is a poor design of the dishwasher. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that most dishwasher […]

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Electric Dog Fence DIY 5 Steps Video

Installing an underground dog fence

Installing an underground electric dog fence is a great 5 step DIY project to protect your pet. 5 Steps to installing an electric dog fence Determine what kit to buy Determine the area you want to confine your pet to Install the hidden cable Install the transmitter Train the dog When selecting your electric dog […]

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Water Heater Maintenance Video

Water Heater, T&P Valve, Expansion Tank

This video outlines a key component to water heater maintenance that is often overlooked, the expansion tank. What does the expansion tank do? The expansion tank will allow expanding water (water expands when it heats) a place to go. Do you need one? You need an expansion tank if you are on a water system […]

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What is the best mouse trap?

Mouse Trap

The Handyguys review a plethora of mouse traps all purchased at our local hardware store. Whether you have mice, voles or rats, there is a trap for you. Why are there so many mouse trap choices? Everyone seems to be trying to build that proverbial better mousetrap! Mouse Trap Types There are two basic choices, to kill […]

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Deere Factory Tour Video

Deere Factory Paint Shop

The Handyguys recently had the opportunity to visit the John Deere factory in Horicon, WI. While there they learned about the company, its manufacturing, its people and its philosophy for doing business. On top of that The Handyguys also saw a bunch of great tractors being made in the USA by a skilled labor force. Watch the […]

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Which sander is right for you?

Bosch Random Orbital Sander

Which sander should you buy? Its better to ask which sander is right for the job you are doing. In this episode The Handyguys discuss which sander is right for the job, the pros and cons of different types of sanders. When deciding which sander to buy you need to identify what project you need it for […]

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Soil pH Test video

Soil PH Test

Handyguy Brian saw an interesting DIY Soil pH Test (pH is a measure of acidity) test described on Facebook. We try it out and also try a commercially available DIY Soil pH Test kit on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast. Here is the graphic from Homesteading / Survivalism on Facebook. You can also just purchase a home soil pH est kit. They […]

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Led Bulbs

LED Bulb

LED bulbs are the next generation of “green” lighting technology. The Handyguys talk about how LED Bulbs compare to CFLs and whether they are really friendly to the environment. What is an LED bulb? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs have been around for a long time but only recently have become effective in […]

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