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A Good Quality Tire Gauge

A cheap tire gauge can be very cost efficient but can get sticky or lose accuracy over time. Checking tire pressure is necessary on lawnmowers, cars, and even bikes. Therefore, it’s better to invest in a good quality tool for the every tire pressure need.

Handyguys Brian and Paul suggest using the Jaco ElitePro tire gauge to check tire pressure. This easy tire pressure reader delivers a reading after being plugged into a valve. It is also accurate and holds the reading, so that a user can quickly get a reading of tire pressure even in cold weather.

Handyguy Brian also talks about cheaper gauges that may need to be connected to a compressor. But some of these gauges can be off by over 10 pounds and only show the reading while still connected to the tire. Another brand, the Milton tire gauge, gives better readings than the typical gauge. One downside of this gauge though is that it needs to be connected to an air hose and air compressor.

The Slime air compressor on the other hand just needs to be connected to a 12v accessory outlet on your car rather than an air compressor. A user can also set the tire pressure, and this gauge will stop automatically at that pressure.This tool also has an emergency light if it needs to be used in the dark. The Campbell Hausfeld model allows you to plug into a regular household outlet.

The Handyguys suggest a Milton type tire gauge if a user already owns an air compressor. However, if a user does not already own a compressor, the Slime air compressor and Jaco elitepro pressure gauge are cheaper and more accessible than other gauges and compressors would be.

 

 

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Klein Tools J2078CR All-Purpose Pliers

In this post, the Handyguys explain the benefits of using Klein Tools J2078CR All-Purpose Pliers with Crimpers. Handyguy Brian starts off by comparing how far electrician pliers have come since the 1950s. New pliers these days can be geared towards the next generation of professional electricians as well as amateur electricians. For example, these tools have the capability of stripping wires, cutting wires, pulling wires through tight areas, and even bending wires for a screw.

However, the Klein All-Purpose Plier has even more benefits than other brands. This tool is a needle nose plier that has all the stripping, a cutter, a crimper and even includes an area in which an electrician can easily cut a nail down to the appropriate size. As previously mentioned, these are not only useful for professional electricians but can also be a great tool for homeowners wishing to do some amateur work. Keep in mind though that this tool is quite useful for electric work, but solely electric work. Ultimately, the Klein All-Purpose Plier can meet you every electrician need.

Klein All-Purpose J2078CR Plier

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What Pneumatic Nailers To Use? (Video)

Flooring Nailer

In this video post, the Handyguys explain the differences between various pneumatic nailers and also when is best to use each one. Handyguys Brian and Paul additionally give tips on everyday house projects using a different pneumatic nailers for each.   Framing Nailer The Handyguys recommend that a framing nailer is best for finishing basements. […]

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Getting the right snow blower video

Getting the Right Snow Blower

As the temperatures plunge and snow covers the ground, you might start thinking about how you’ll tackle snow removal for your home this winter. If you’re a first-time homeowner, it might be a little overwhelming to research all of the options for the right snow blower at your disposal. Should you consider buying a gas- or electric-powered snow […]

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When to replace your water heater

When to replace your water heater

Water heaters are an energy intensive appliance. They are the second largest energy user in the home, and as they age they become less efficient, requiring even more energy. The Handyguys estimate the average water heater needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 years. However, just because your water heater is a decade old doesn’t […]

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First Toolbox

toolbox

Yeah, many people have done a first toolbox post. The Handyguys are building a premium first toolbox. This first toolbox will include the top of the line tool for each category. Yeah, perhaps other brands or models could fit the bill but these are what The Handyguys used. You may have different choices. What did […]

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Are LED Bulbs Reliable? Blinking LED on Dimmers.

Are LED Bulbs Reliable? Blinking LED on Dimmers.

The Handyguys wonder whether LED bulbs are the bulb of the future.

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How to Repair an Underground Dog Fence

Fence Repair Kit

We talked about installing your own underground dog fence in the past but now we provide an overview of how to repair your underground fence when the wire gets cut (and it will eventually!). The wire provided in most DIY underground dog fences is not very strong so it is not difficult for you to develop […]

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Annual IPE deck Maintenance

Apply oil to Ipe Deck for annual ipe deck maintenance

We explain how to maintain an IPE deck so that it keeps its rich color. We have discussed IPE deck maintenance before but wanted to provide an update on Brian’s 4 year old Deck. Annual Ipe deck maintenance is a two step process – Clean and then Oil Step 1 – Cleaning your Ipe deck […]

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Frost Free Exterior Faucet Repair

Frost Free Exterior Faucet Repair

The Handyguys discuss the repair of the newer frost free style of exterior faucet / hosebib / sillcock. A great Spring project! 1) Identify the make model Does your Exterior Faucet need a Repair? You will need to get an Exterior Faucet Repair kit for the specific brand and style faucet you have. Look for the […]

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What Blade To Use With Reciprocating Saw / Sawzall

Cutting with the Sawzall

Brian explains that there is only one blade that you need for demolition. Watch the show to learn about demolition blades for reciprocating saws. Demolition blades for reciprocating saws A reciprocating saw is not a tool for fine detail work. Its used for quick cuts and for demolition. Usually demolition. Don’t use it for fine carpentry. […]

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How To Install Dog Door on Exterior Door

Brian drills through his exterior door

Handyguy Brian installs a Dog Door on his exterior door on the back of his house. This is a fairly easy install but it always makes you nervous cutting into an external door. Brian installed a Hale pet door. They are in limited supply at Amazon but there are many other options. You can get Pet […]

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How to Clean Rusty and Dirty Tools

Restore Rusty Tools

The Handyguys clean up some old tools to get them working again. Remove Rust, Grim and Dirt from some old hand tools. Note: No products were provided for the Handyguys for this review. We purchased them on our own and you may find some items, such as bar keepers friend, right in your kitchen. here […]

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Preparing Your House For Vacation

vacation prep

Cheap methods for protection you property from criminals and destruction while you are away on vacation.

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The best air compressor for your nailers

best air compressor

What is the best air compressor for your nailers? There is a lot of jargon, CFM, gallons, PSI. We cut through the crap and picked what The Handyguys feel is the best air compressor for an average handyguy or gal. Best Air Compressor The Makita MAC700 is lightweight, quiet and will handle most nailing jobs an […]

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Introducing the Woodman’s Pal Tool

Introducing the Woodman’s Pal Tool

The Handyguys demonstrate a not-so-common tool for the handyguy. It might make a great Christmas stocking stuffer! What could you use one of these for? Lots of things or it just looks cool hanging up in the shop. Pro Tool Industries 284 Woodman’s Pal Military Premium Fixed Blade Knife with Treated Leather Sheath and Stone. […]

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Headlight Lens Restoration

Headlight Lens Restoration

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 […]

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How to Choose Security Lighting

Video thumbnail for youtube video How to Choose Security Lighting

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 […]

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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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