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In this show, The Handyguys discuss different three different sump pump backup options.

Do you need a sump pump to keep your basement dry? What will you do if the power goes out during a storm? How will you keep things dry. When disaster strikes in form of a rainstorm, hurricane, or earthquake, use these tips to keep your sump pump working.

Option 1: Battery Backup Sump Pump

The first option that Handyguys Brian and Paul explore is a battery backup. With this option, homeowners would have a separate pump that goes into the sump pit with an existing electric power source. This pump runs off battery. If the power goes out, the water rises so that this system can filter it. These battery backups are easy to find, but homeowners should have a professional help them with installation if need be. With these pumps, you are also able to use the same discharge line as your primary pump.

Since this option is battery operated that means that this is simply a short-term solution. These battery backups run about 4-5 hours. However, since the pump is not on 24/7, this solution should last about a day in power outages. Homeowners also need to remember to replace the battery every 3-5 years depending on usage.

Option 2: Backup Generator For Sump Pump

The second option that homeowners can consider is a backup generator. Ideally, homeowners could have a whole home generator, but a small portable one can handle a sump pump. Since a portable generator is smaller, it probably can only be used to run a sump pump during a power outage. Homeowners should be sure to size a generator appropriately and will most likely have to put it outside. Homeowners should also have an extension cord handy to run from the generator to the sump pump.

Option 3: Water Powered Sump Pump

The last option that The Handyguys present is a water powered sump pump. This uses city water to drive a pump that will take over when electricity fails. This pump uses the water pressure to pump out the water from you pit, and typically gets mounted in an unfinished basement. Once mounted, this pump is ready to run in case of a power outage. While this option is very reasonable, it does require professional installation. In addition, if homeowners have a finished basement, they may not have access to what they need in order to install this type of backup pump.

The Handyguys present all of these options for homeowners to consider in cases of power outage. Keep watching The Handyguys for more helpful household tips!

Thanks to Allstate for sponsoring this video.

Some of the damage that can happen if your sump pump is not running properly during a power outage

 

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Unboxing Google Home

by The Handyguys

in Video Podcasts

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul unbox a Google Home. This is the first of a series of videos about the Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, and Chromecast Audio. These devices are home audio devices made to connect your home. Much like the Amazon Alexa, the homeowner can talk to the Home and ask it questions. In a past video, Handyguys Brian and Paul compared the connection of the Google Home and the Amazon Echo to the Phillips Hue home automation device. In this next series though, the Handyguys will show homeowners how to unbox the device, smoothly set it up, and connect it to your home. This device will make your home a more automated and connected place.

What the Google Home box includes

The box includes the actual device, a power cable, and a quick start for you to set up. The next step for the homeowner would be to go to their app store or playstore on their device and search for Google Home. Download the app for easy setup and installation of the device.

In the next video, Handyguys Brian and Paul will go through the intial setup of the device. In coming videos, they will also unbox and discuss other compatible devices.

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Messy Garage: How to Maximize Your Garage Space [VIDEO]

How to Maximize Your Garage space The Handyguys try to get organized this spring. Handyguy Brian can’t seem to get rid of anything. Handyguy Paul’s garage is much more organized. Watch this video to get some tips on how to maximize your garage space and get organized. Thanks to Allstate for sponsoring this show.

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Control Leviton Z Wave Switch with Amazon Echo Dot

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul show homeowners how to connect their Leviton Z Wave switch to an Amazon Echo Dot. In the previous videos, The Handyguys unboxed and setup the Leviton Z Wave switch in Handyguy Paul’s dining room and connected the switch to the SmartThings Hub. The next step would be to […]

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Leviton Z Wave Switch Set-Up (Video)

In this episode, Handyguys Brian and Paul set up the Leviton Z Wave switch in order to expand the home automation in their house. This set-up allows you to use any bulb for home automation rather than a specific smart bulb. The Handyguys configure this set-up in Handyguy Paul’s dining room. The Leviton Z Wave Switch […]

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SmartThings Hub Unboxing and Set-Up (Video)

In this episode, Handyguys Brian and Paul unbox and setup the SmartThings Hub for home automation. In the past few episodes, the Handyguys have been going over how to coordinate home automation with the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home. They successfully coordinated the use of the Philips Hue Smart Bulbs with these home […]

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Amazon Echo Dot and Philips Hue Setup

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul attempt to integrate the Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa) with the Philips hue bridge and LED lightbulbs. First, the Handyguys show homeowners how to configure the Philips hue bridge. They then attempt to connect it to the home audio device. The Philips hue bridge and LED bulbs are just […]

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Google Home and Philips Hue Setup

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul attempt to connect the Google Home with Philips Hue. In the previous video, Handyguys Brian and Paul go through the process in which to set up the Philips Hue home automation. They realized that connecting the Philips Hue to the Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa) went smoothly. However, The Handyguys […]

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Home Audio Devices: Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul introduce 2 home audio devices: the Google Home an Amazon Echo Dot. Both of these devices have various functions, some of which may apply to the home owner. Over the next few videos, Handyguys Brian and Paul will compare and contract these 2 home audio devices particularly as […]

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Electric Drills: Corded or Cordless?

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul discuss what kind of drill the typical homeowner may need. This video was part of an extended live stream and is linger than our typical videos. Electric drills have many common uses such as driving a nail and repairing a toilet paper hanger. These are useful tools that all […]

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What Size Generator Do I Need?

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul outline how to choose a generator. We recoded this as part of a live stream hence the longer length. There are many types of generators, ranging from whole house to smaller inverter generators. Knowing your needs in terms of generators can highlight which one is most cost efficient […]

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Bolt Cutters and Their Uses

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul discussed why the typical homeowner would need bolt cutters. Handyguy Paul mentioned that he has had his tool for around 16 years, and that it has lasted well all these years. Handyguy Paul stated that bolt cutters are most useful for wire shelving. While a homeowner could have wire shelving cut […]

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How to Mount Tablo DVR to Wall Panel

In this video, the Handyguys review how Handyguy Paul mounted his Tablo DVR and hard drive to his simple low voltage structured cabling system using plywood mounted onto concrete foundation wall. This is a great solution for the cord cutters out there. The Tablo is a very simple over the air (OTA) DVR recording system that […]

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LED Shop Lights vs. Fluorescent Shop Lights

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul talk about the benefits of using LED Shop Lights over fluorescent lighting. While these lights may be more expensive than the fluorescent lighting, they are better quality and worth every cent. All of the products in this video are available through Amazon and the affiliate stores. LED Lights […]

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Honda vs Generac Inverter Quiet Generator

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul compare the Honda inverter generator and the Generac inverter generator. These two brands are reputable and make a great quiet generator. However, the two brands also have small differences that the Handyguys expand on. An inverter generator is a lighter weight and quiet generator. They typically have 2000 start-up watts […]

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How to Order Emerson’s Custom Ceiling Fan

  In this video, The Handyguys explore the custom ceiling fan function that Emerson provides on their website. The Handyguys take us through the process of choosing and ordering a ceiling fan from Emerson, and speak highly of the quality and service received from the manufacturer. One must go to EmersonFan.com and choose the “Design Your […]

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Generator selection thoughts by The Handyguys

Inverter Generator

In this video the Handyguys discuss generator differences and focus on  inverter generators. If you only need to power a refrigerator for a brief power outage then a portable generator may be your best bet. if you need your entire house to be powered during an outage then you will want a whole house generator. Portable generators have […]

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Choosing a Cordless Tool System with Radio

Bosch Radio

In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul discuss which radio is best if you are looking to invest in a cordless tool system. Buying a cordless tool system is a big investment, so making sure that all the features are compatible with what you want is crucial. Handyguy Brian contends that the radio of a […]

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Ceiling Fan Selection

The Handyguys take a look at selecting a ceiling fan and review typical parts of any fan. It is helpful to understand all the parts to a fan before you make your purchase. There are various controllers, down rods, motors and blades to consider in addition to the light kits that you can attach. Ceiling […]

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Curb Appeal Tips Video

In this Handyguys video, Brian and Paul discuss a few tips for improving the curb appeal of your home. If you are selling your home, these tips are essential to make your home seem more inviting and appealing. Also, if you just want things to look these tips can be very helpful. Considerations for Curb Appeal The […]

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Tablo DVR Front End Devices

Tablo DVR

Front End Devices Compatible with Tablo DVR In this episode, Handyguys Brian and Paul compare 3 different front end devices that are compatible with the Tablo DVR system. Tablo DVR is compatible with laptop, phone, and TV boxes. These are great options for the cord cutters out there who use over the air (OTA) TV […]

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Deck Boards for the Do-It-You-Selfer

In this video, Handyguy Brian talks with Ray from Decks R Us about the best decks boards for do-it-yourselfers. For those people who want to install a deck by themselves, there are a multitude of deck boards that are accommodating to any DIY skill level. Groove on Groove Decking Ray suggests deck boards with a […]

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Lawn Mower Selection (Video)

Lawn Mower Selection: Push Mower vs. Ride Mower Mowing is a task for anyone who has a lawn. You have bought a home with a lawn. Should you get a push mower or a ride mower? In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul discuss lawn mower selection. Considerations for Lawn Mower Selection The biggest factor […]

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PVC and Vinyl Deck Cleaning (Video)

Deck Cleaners

Deck Cleaning Solutions for a PVC or Vinyl Deck In this video, Handyguy Paul talks with Ray from Decks R Us about how to clean PVC and vinyl deck products. Tough stains from pollen, dirt, or animals can be a pain to get out from a deck. With the right tools, home owners can easily […]

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The Latest Material for Decks (Video)

Clay Colored Composite Deck

Cellular PVC vs. Composite Decks In this video, Handyguy Brian talks about the latest trends in decks with Ray from Decks R Us. Finding the right decking material and knowing the difference between various trends is important for all homeowners with decks. Handyguy Brian and Ray begin by talking about Cellular PVC (CPVC) and vinyl decking. […]

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Antenna: Leaf vs Large Aerial Antenna (Video)

Mohu Leaf Antenna

Antennas for Cord Cutter: Leaf vs. Aerial In their last video, Handyguys Brian and Paul talked about how to get free over-the-air TV with the TabloTV DVR system. In this video, the Handyguys talk more about cord cutting in terms of the advantages and disadvantages between a Mohu Leaf and an aerial antenna. Handyguy Paul starts […]

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