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Gas can Safety and Square foot gardening

Square Foot Garden

The Handyguys discuss the dangers of an empty can of fuel. In addition, we discuss how easy it is to create a square foot garden. Sponsor: Protect your Home with ADT Security Services! Call 1-866-778-3127 Handyguy Fact – Gas can safety Did you know an empty or near empty gas can is more dangerous than […]

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Home Inspection and Selecting Plywood

DIY Home Inspection Checklist Download (PDF)

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we honor Home Inspection Month by talking home inspections and discussing our DIY Home Inspection Checklist, we also talk about selecting plywood. Home inspection month April was Home Inspection Month. See http://www.ashi.org/media/psalist.asp That reminded us to discuss our DIY Home Inspection Checklist. It’s easy to do and […]

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Building a freestanding deck and dealing with voles

Freestanding Deck

On this audio podcast the Handyguys discuss Brian’s free-standing deck and Paul’s Vole problems. How to Build Freestanding Decks There are several advantages to building a deck freestanding, not attached to your house, and few disadvantages. In the podcast we discuss a few points to consider when deciding to build freestanding or not. Potential for […]

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Replacing Water Heater Expansion Tanks and Ipe Decking

Load of Ipe for Brian's Deck

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast, Paul continues his discussion about his leaky hot water heater and Brian reveals what material he chose for his deck project. Temperature and Pressure T&P valves and Expansion tanks Water heaters all have Temperature and Pressure (T&P) valves, many also have expansion tanks. When a T&P valve […]

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Repair a leaking water heater T&P and planning for a new deck

Leaky T&P Tempature and Pressure valve

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast The Handyguys discuss their recent projects; repairing a leaky hot water heater and preparing for a new back yard deck. Water Heater Leaky T&P – Temperature and Pressure valve Leaks coming from the hot water heater’s T&P valve are very common.  Some folks just overlook the problem but […]

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Installing Recessed Lighting

Remodel Style Recessed Light

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast Brian and Paul discuss a listeners question about recessed lighting. How to Install Recessed lighting We got the following question from Rob: I recently discovered your podcast and I love it. I’m working my way through the archives, but I don’t see an episode on adding recessed […]

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Tiny Houses discussed

Tiny house's can save you money

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast tiny houses are discussed as well as the announcement of office hours on Facebook. Tiny Houses Handy guy Brian read an article about small houses which prompted the discussion. The original article is here.  The article talks about how the market for tiny houses is thriving due […]

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Repair, cleaning and refinishing old hardwood floors

These floors are a candidate for rejuvenation, not complete refinishing

In this audio episode The Handyguys address a listener question about how to rejuvenate the hardwood floors in his new old house. The question from Jeremy: Hi guys, just found your podcast and I love it. working through the archives right now. I’m planning to refinish the original hardwood floors in the 1950s ranch house […]

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How To Remove Wallpaper and Wallpaper Border Removal Tips

Paper Tiger Wallpaper Scoring Tool

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we answer a listener question about wallpaper removal and discuss our own experiences with wallpaper removal. The question: …we recently moved into my wife’s grandmothers house. And well it was grandma’s in every way. Wallpaper: now some of the wall paper was put up very well, would […]

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Troubleshooting Ice Maker Not Making Ice And Lawn Aeration

Ice

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we start by discussing a question about ice makers not making ice and then get into some recent projects in our “What are ya doing lately” segment. Ice maker machine not making ice We received this question from a fan named Mary Do you have any recommendations […]

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Landscape Lighting Options, Solar And Low Voltage

Atlanta Landscape Lighting

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we discuss  solar and low voltage landscape lighting. Pros and Cons of Solar versus Low Voltage landscape lighting Solar Pros Easy to install You don’t need an outlet or transformer Long lasting bulbs Safe Solar Cons Price can be higher than low voltage Limited selection of light […]

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How To Care For Granite

Sealed Versus Unsealed Granite

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast The Handyguys discuss granite care and granite counter-top maintenance Granite Care The Handyguys discuss: Granite generally requires re-sealing every 1-3 yrs. Check with your installer to see what they recommend. Topical vs Penetrating granite sealers (stripping/re-sealing/permanent/etc). Granite should only be washed with dishwasher soap/water. No harsh cleansers. […]

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Earl from the ISS

In this audio podcast we comment on the most common tips for hurricane preparedness, add a few of our own, and then interview a Handyguys Podcast fan and hurricane veteran. For complete preparedness tips please check out these resources: www.nhc.noaa.gov www.fema.gov www.ready.gov wikipedia.org   // Here are some tips The Handyguys discuss: Check gutters and […]

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Upgrading Door Security And A DIY Flowchart

Door Devil Anti-Kick and Door Frame Repair Kit

In this audio podcast The Handyguys discuss how to upgrade the entry doors in your house, with a Door Devil™, for increased security and then discuss a flowchart for determining if DIY projects are right for you. Door Security The Handyguys have discussed home security in the past but it usually involves systems that alert […]

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How To Cut Metal, CFL Safety And Water Saving Flush Valves

CFL Bulbs

The Handygys discuss three topics on this audio podcast – what tools are used to cut metal, are CFLs safe in kids rooms and are water saving flush valves a good investment. Cutting metal From time to time homeowners need to cut metal. What do you use to cut metal? Paul grills Brian on what […]

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Choosing A Small Trailer And Eliminating Skunks

Skunky Trailer

Avoiding skunks in your yard and an answer to “Does a handyguy need a trailer?” We cover both topics in this show. Skunks Skunks, how do you get rid of them? Don’t give them a reason to come into your yard. Make sure you don’t leave anything around for them to eat, dog or cat […]

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Summer Home Improvement

Yes, The Handyguys are planning to get a lot done on their Honey Do Lists but will also take some time for some fun with their families.

Summer is upon us and the Handyguys are busy working on some new projects. In this episode of the Handyguys Podcast, Brian and Paul provide a preview of things to come in the next few months. Website Changes – Video Before we preview our Summer content we want to highlight the changes to our website. […]

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Avoiding Poison Ivy And Plumbing Tips

Creeping Poison Ivy

The Handyguys discuss another challenge for home improvement, poison ivy. How to get rid of it and how to keep from getting the rash. We end the show with a follow-up to a brief plumbing question from last week. Poison Ivy Identifying it Brian was always taught “3 leaves and shiny” but that is not […]

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DIY And Home Improvement Book Recommendations

Overwhelmed by books

The Handyguys discuss their favorite DIY and Home Improvements books. The Handyguys have quite a selection of books that have accumulated over the years. We cant talk about all of them but we would love to highlight our favorites. You need to listen to the podcast for our commentary on each handyman tome. You can get […]

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Master Electrician Interview

Electrical

The Handyguys talk to Wayne Gilchrist from http://www.ezdiyelectricity.com. How does a homeowner get started working with electricity? The Handyguys of been involved in electrical projects since they were youngsters.  Handyguy Paul stuck his finger in a light socket when he was in Kindergarten and learned firsthand about household AC!   Both of the Handyguys have […]

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Keeping Pests Out Of The Garden And How To Mulch

Scarecrow Sprinkler

The Handyguys discuss keeping critters out of you garden, mulching and considering a fence. Critters in the garden What kind of critters? The question that prompted this discussion was about keeping neighborhood cats out of your flower beds. What about deer? What about keeping rabbits out of your lettuce garden? We discuss several methods that […]

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Building A Shed And Led Light Bulb Opinions

Different colored sheds

We address a question about shed materials and foundations as well as briefly discuss LED light bulbs. Sheds The Handyguys received a call from Rick from Sawdust Chronicles and The Splintered Board podcasts.  He asked What materials are good for shed siding? Do I need a concrete slab for my shed? Great questions Rick. Materials […]

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Energy Star Fraud And Basement Egress Requirements

Energy Star FAIL

The Handyguys cover two topics in this show. We discuss fraud, abuse and lack of accountability with the U.S. government’s Energy Star program and then discuss basement egress requirements. Energy Star Fail The Government Accountability Office (GAO) [sorry, said it wrong in the podcast] investigated the EPA and Department of Energy’s Energy Star Program and […]

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How To Pick Paint Colors

Color Samples

We have covered a lot of topics here on the Handyguys Podcast. We have discussed everything from small repairs to major renovations. But while we can lead you through all the required steps for finishing a basement, we can’t begin to talk about one of the final steps that effects the entire …

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Buying Reconditioned Tools

Porter Cable Tools that can be bought reconditioned

Should the Handyguy consider “reconditioned” tools when making a purchase on the Handyguys Podcast store? The Handyguys talk about their experience with reconditioned tools and invite a listener the chime in on his recent purchase of a sweet Bosch compound miter saw through the Handyguys Amazon store. There are many advantages to reconditioned, but before […]

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How To Turn Off The Water In An Emergency

Ball Valve

Everyone in your household should know where the main water shutoff valve is, The Handyguys discuss why. Avert Disaster Disaster averted. One of the Handyguys got a call from someone at home about water leaking out from the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Obviously this isn’t normal. With no handyguy around do the members of […]

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