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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 they relate to home automation.

Home Audio Device Comparison

At a basic level, both home audio devices can function as speakers for music devices. In addition, both devices can answer questions and tell jokes; however, the Google Home is better for answering trivial things such as how many miles is it to the moon. Both home audio devices can also connect to their respective music services and can upload songs from your phone to a certain point.

One difference between the two devices is that the Amazon Echo Dot connects via auxiliary cord while the Google Home must be casted wirelessly to each device. The Amazon Echo Dot is more compatible with Amazon products such as the Amazon Fire whereas the Google Home does not connect with Google products as easily. Finally, it is easier to order things from the Amazon Echo Dot than it is from the Google home as the device is connected straight to your Amazon account.

Usefulness for a Homeowner

In terms of home ownership, are these home audio devices necessary? The Handyguys will look into the usefulness of home audio devices from a homeowner standpoint over the next few episodes. In this episode they give an overview of the usefulness of the tools. At a basic level though, the devices can do basic math for the homeowner when they are working around the house. However, these home audio devices have greater use than basic math. These devices have the capability to interface with home automation tools. Stay tuned to learn whether home audio devices are essential for the homeowner.

Photo of the Amazon Echo Dot


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 homeowners should have.

Corded vs. Cordless

The common debate surrounding drills is concerning whether a battery powered or a corded drill is better. In this case, the debate is often whether the homeowner values money or convenience better. The major downside of a corded drill is that is has to be near enough to an outlet in order to be used. Handyguy Paul does point out that even if you are on a budget, you can find cheap corded drills that may outperform a more expensive battery powered drill.

Electric Drill Test: Old vs. New

Older battery powered drills may die faster. However, the lithium ion drill lasts longer and is lighter than an older battery powered drill. These electric drills tend to be more expensive. Handyguy Paul performed a speed test between a battery powered drill and a 40-50 year old drill. In this case, the older electric drill outperformed the newer battery generated drill. One downside of an older electric drill is that it does not have the handling or grip of  newer electric drills.

Electric drills have many uses, and are a staple tool that DIY-ers and homeowners alike should have around. Make sure you know your primary use for the drill before hand in order to accurately choose the right one that fits your home needs.

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Corded Drill

Corded Drill


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 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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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)

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 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)

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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