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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 or just want things to look nice check out a few Handyguy tips for improving your curb appeal.

Things to consider when improving curb appeal

  • Touch up paint
  • Focus on the front door, make it clean and fresh
  • Don’t forget house numbers
  • Freshen up your landscaping, flower beds, etc
  • Clean any dirty surfaces, power wash

Watch the video for more tips.

Front of house curb appeal

Disclosure – Thanks to Allstate insurance for sponsoring this video.

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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 and also want a great device for instant streaming. The front end streaming options in this episode are the Roku 3, Amazon Fire, and Google Nexus. While the Handyguys did not have an Apple TV present, they briefly compared its features and what it provides with the other 3 options.

As far as interface is concerned, the Tablo looks different on the Roku 3 than it does on the the Amazon Fire or Nexus. On the Roku 3, you are unable to look at the settings or search option but the Roku has an improvement when it comes to fast forwarding through commercials. With the Roku, users can see the panels for what commercials they are fast forwarding through. All 3 of the front end devices have a limitation in terms of fast forwarding while a show is still recording. Users are unable to see panels for commercials while a show is still recording on all 3 front end devices. However, this is a small issue that will most likely be resolved soon.

Roku 3

Each of the 3 front end devices offers different apps for the user. The Roku has a wireless headphone jack in the the remote that allows a user to watch TV without disturbing others in the house. In addition, the Roku can stream Amazon Prime, Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu. Unfortunately, the Roku cannot stream Google Play or anything off the Apple ecosystem. While the Roku has its own set of apps and games, the system does not push apps onto the user. Roku also does not have voice search, but Amazon Fire and Nexus both have this feature.

Amazon Fire

The Amazon Fire can stream Amazon Prime, Youtube, Netflix, and Hulu as well as many Android games and apps. Like the Roku though, the Amazon Fire is not compatible with the Apple ecosystem or Google Play. In comparison with the Roky, the Amazon Fire is much busier with all of its applications and function, and any purchase on the Amazon Fire goes through the Amazon Prime where a receipt is then sent to the user.

Google Nexus

The Nexus is compatible with Hulu, Google Play, Netflix and Youtube. However, since the Google Nexus is a competitor with Amazon Fire, Amazon Prime is not available on Nexus, and the Nexus device cannot be purchased on Amazon. Nexus is also not compatible with the Apple ecosystem.

Finally, Apple TV, which is not tested in the above video, is compatible with Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and the Apple ecosystem but is not compatible with the Google store or Amazon Prime. All devices are compatible with HDMI cords and can be used both wirelessly or with an Ethernet cable. The Tablo DVR is compatible with many front end devices; however, users need to pick the one that meets their TV needs best.

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Deck Boards for the Do-It-You-Selfer

groove on groove deck board

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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Selecting the Right Lawn Mower (Video)

mowers

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 […]

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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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Tablo DVR for Cord Cutters (Video)

Tablo TV

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 […]

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Dog Fence Wire and the Driveway (Video)

Underground Dog Fence

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 […]

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The Importance of a Good Tire Gauge! (Video)

Jaco Elite Pro Tire Gauge is easy and convenient to use.

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 […]

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Pliers: Klein Tools (Video)

Klein All-Purpose J2078CR Plier

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. […]

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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

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 […]

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Water Heater Replacement (Video)

When to replace your water heater

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 […]

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Best First Toolbox Combination (Video)

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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The Reliability of LED Bulbs (Video)

Are LED Bulbs Reliable? Blinking LED on Dimmers.

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 […]

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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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Cleaning Rusty Tools (Video)

Restore Rusty Tools

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 […]

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House Preparation for Vacations (Video)

vacation prep

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 […]

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Outdoor Water Valve Repair (Video)

Outdoor Water Valve

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 […]

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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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