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 rider mower? Get your exercise and use a push mower but if your lawn is too big you will want a rider mower.
In this Video, The Handyguys discuss the pros and cons of each to help you decide which to get.
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 get out those stains and have a spotless deck.
There are many products made for cleaning composite decks such as Corte-Clean and Chomp Pro Gutter cleaner. Both of these can either be found at a local hardware store or on Amazon.com. However, there are many other products that are also designed specifically for composite deck cleaning.
To avoid tough deck stains, Handyguy Paul reminds home owners that they can ensure a clean deck by following a few routine cleaning tips. Home owners can ensure a clean deck with a broom or hose as well a soap/water mixture for light stains such as animal droppings. If leaves and animal droppings are left unattended, they can lend to tougher stains that are in need of a tough solution.
Ray from Decks R Us recommends various PVC decking stain solutions starting with milder solutions and increasing to tougher solutions. A mixture of Dawn and water can work well to remove mild stains. Moving up, Simple Green and Spray Nine can deal with tougher stains. If you have a tough stain like tar or grease, Ray suggests that you use WD-40 or Mineral Spirits. Apply the cleaner appropriate for your problem and scrub the stain with a stiff bristle brush, Scotch Brite sponge, or another pot scrubber.
When cleaning a stain off the PVC and vinyl deck, it’s very important to scrub with the grain of the wood. In addition, only use a stiff bristle brush or Scotch Brite sponges, on vinyl or PVC. These brushes can permanently damage traditional composite or vinyl covered composite decks decks.
Make sure you are staying in tune with deck upkeep in order to avoid tough stains. If they do occur on your PVC and vinyl deck, these solutions are sure to help clean them.
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. […]
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 […]
Tablo DVR for Cord Cutters As the world moves into the digital age, cord cutting and digital TV are becoming far more popular. In a previous post, Handyguys Brian and Paul talked about cord cutters and over-the-air cable TV. However, the Handyguys did not discuss the DVR component. There are many ways where one can […]
Getting an Underground Dog Fence Wire Around the Driveway In this post, Handyguy Paul gives tips on how to install an underground dog fence easily. Some people have issues getting the fence through or around the driveway. So, in this video, Handyguy Paul walks through all the steps. The first technique when installing an underground dog […]
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 […]
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. […]
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. […]
The Homeowners’ Snow Blower In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul look at the benefits and issues with different types of snow blowers. Every winter, homeowners in colder areas have to deal with the issues of snowy driveways and walkways. The Handyguys break down the different types and benefits from each snow blower that a […]
When to Replace a 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 heater […]
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 […]
Blinking LED Bulbs In this post, the Handyguys talk about the differences in light bulbs, specifically LED bulbs. The Handyguys start off this video explaining that compact fluorescents are not the way to go when searching for the right light bulb. Compact fluorescents take a long time to warm up and typically have trouble working […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Cleaning Rusty Tools The Handyguys clean up some old tools to get them working again. Remove rust, grime and dirt from some old hand tools. Handyguys Brian suggests some WD-40 for cutters and try squares that are unable to open with ease anymore due to rust. The WD-40 can help with the mobility factor, but you may […]
Vacation House Preparation In this post, Handyguys Brian and Paul provide cheap methods for protection you property from criminals and destruction while you are away on vacation. Neighbors Handyguy Paul suggest first and foremost that you become friends with your neighbors over the course of the year. When you go on vacation this relationship will […]
Outdoor Water Valve Care In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul explain how to fix an outdoor water valve. Outdoor water valves can typically last for a very long time if they have the proper care. However, the typical valve experiences 2 common problems: dripping and leaking. The Handyguys look at both of these problems […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]