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Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-159.mp3 Handyguys Brian and Paul bring in HVAC (Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning) expert and the co-owner of Interstate Air Conditioning and Heating, Raymond Kishk, to talk about energy efficient air conditioning systems. This information will help you choose an energy efficient air conditioning system and keep your current unit running efficiently. Invest in Energy Efficient Air Conditioning with […]

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Chainsaw Safety

Chainsaw Safety

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-158.mp3 The Handyguys discuss chainsaw safety in this audio podcast. If you rent, borrow or buy a chainsaw you will still need to be aware of proper chainsaw safety. In the summer many areas are effected by thunderstorms, in the late summer and fall some contend with hurricanes, others tornadoes and may need to put a chainsaw to use for […]

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Planting Grass Seed, Strategies for Success

Perfect Lawn

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-157.mp3 While planting and growing grass is not difficult–I once heard that it could be planted on concrete–there are strategies for successfully planting grass seed to ensure the most success. Listen to this audio podcast to hear the discussion about all these topics. When planting grass, you have several decisions to make: When is the best […]

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Preventing wood rot on door jambs and deck posts

Jamb just prior to wood rot

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-156.mp3 On this episode, Handyguy Paul brings two topics to the podcast pertaining preventing wood rot and to wood and ground contact. Preventing Wood Rot on Door Jambs Paul asks Handyguy Brian about the best way to deal with rotting door jambs and in particular the garage door jambs.  Brian discusses this problem in general as it relates to […]

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GE Side by Side Refrigerator Water and Ice Dispenser Problem

GE Refrigerator ice-maker repair video

When I joined forces with Brian to create the Handyguys Podcast I had no idea that so many subjects for future posts existed in my kitchen. The newest is a water and ice dispenser problem with my GE side by side.  My dishwasher problems (and fixes!) keep this site busy. My GE side-by-side refrigerator is now in a competition with […]

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Mailbox post choices

spindigger mailbox post

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-155.mp3 The Handyguys, Paul and Brian, discuss your mailbox post options in this podcast. Before you dig a hole in your lawn, or get a chinook helicopter to remove your old post (as Handyguy Paul playfully suggests), it’s best to know what choices you have when it comes to choosing a Mailbox Posts. Basically, you […]

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Mower maintenance and tips for a better lawn

Mower maintenance includes blade sharpening

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-154.mp3 The Handyguys interview Mike Ballou,  product Manager for John Deere, and discuss Mower maintenance and the best way to care for your lawn. Mower maintenance Proper mower maintenance is critical for having a healthy green  lawn.  Do not begin this new mowing season without changing the oil, sharpening your blades, lubing the joints and […]

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Generator Transfer Switches Interlock Devices

Generac Automatic Generator Transfer Switch

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-153.mp3 The Handyguys continued a discussion from an earlier episode on generators. Paul wanted to followup with the methods for connecting a generator to your electrical system. Generator Transfer Switches and manual generator interlock devices are discussed on the show. Generator Transfer Switches Manual transfer switches Manual generator transfer switches are best suited for use with portable […]

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Renting a Lawn Aerator and avoiding weeds

aerators

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/quicktip_episode_1.mp3 Okay – here is a quick tip, not a full show. Lawn Aerating Fall and Spring are a great time to aerate your lawn. An aerator will break up hard compacted soil and allow water and nutrients to better reach the roots of your grass. We all know that, that’s not the quick tip. […]

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GE Refrigerator Not Cooling Troubleshooting and Repair

GE Refrigerator Not Cooling Troubleshooting and Repair

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-152.mp3 The Handyguys discuss modern refrigerator troubleshooting. Many of these tips apply regardless of who makes your refrigerator. Paul’s GE side by side refrigerator is not cooling correctly (model gss25tsre.ss). In this audio podcast The Handyguys discuss how to track down the issues. Some common problems with modern refrigerators include: Ice maker does not work […]

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Replacing water tank and lines on GE side by side refrigerator

Replacing water tank and lines on GE side by side refrigerator

In this video episode of The Handyguys Podcast Handyguy Paul replaces the water tank on his GE Side By Side refrigerator. His tank was leaking so he found the part and replaced it. This repair will be similar for many different makes and models of refrigerators.

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Selecting a Portable Generator

Generators at True Value

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-151.mp3 Portable Generator Selection Checklist The Handyguys do not own generators but with all the power outages in the news they are certainly thinking about adding this “power tool” to their arsenal. Portable generators are easy to pick up at your local True Value store and you can be up and running quickly with some […]

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Lightbulb bans, government intervention and personal choice

Edison base Incandescent

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-150.mp3 The Handyguys discuss the government involvement in banning traditional light bulbs. Yup – The government has ‘outlawed’ the tried and true light bulb. Even after this podcast was recorded some representatives in congress have attempted to delay the enforcement of the ban. Despite their efforts it seems the ‘ban’ will be move forward. Its […]

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Last Minute Christmas List ideas

Christmas Montage

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-149.mp3 The Handyguys did a bit of virtual perusing of the isles of our local True Value. Each of us made a Christmas shopping list and then compared our choices in this entertaining podcast.  We selected some excellent practical gift ideas for the handyguy, handygirl or anyone else. You must listen to the full podcast […]

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LED Christmas Lights for Energy Savings

Colored LED Christmas Lights

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-148.mp3 Can you save some money using LED Christmas Lights? The Handyguys discuss LED, mini-incandescent and C9 and C7 Christmas lights. LED Energy Savings This podcast was inspired by an article Handyguy Brian read on the Fox News Website entitled Good Return on Investment: LED Holiday Lights. Are they really a good investment? Perhaps, perhaps […]

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Does a 5 minute fan take 5 minutes to install?

Hunter 5 minute fan

Does a 5 minute fan take 5 minutes to install? The Handyguys find out. Watch this video to see if Handyguy Brian can beat the clock while installing a Hunter 5 minute fan. We picked up the ceiling fan and everything needed to install it at our local True Value. We were one of the […]

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Hardscaping Options – Concrete, pavers or stamped concrete

Stamped Concrete

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-147.mp3 Hardscaping options The Handyguys discuss some hardscaping options under consideration for Brian’s fathers house – concrete, stamped concrete and pavers. Concrete Ideas and Tips Plain old concrete is the cheapest and fastest option for a front stoop. A small stoop can be done in a day with the following day to remove forms and […]

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Handyguys Visit Spooky Abandoned Phoenixville Tunnel

In the lost tunnel

The Spooky Abandoned Railroad Tunnel The Handyguys took a day off to discover a long lost Railroad tunnel, the Phoenixville Tunnel. The big reason that few people have found the tunnel is due to the rough terrain. Brian and Paul fight through the thickets and make it to the tunnel. We had a lot of fun […]

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Stink Bug Prevention, Control, Removal and Elimination

Stink Bugs

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-146.mp3 Stink Bugs! Perhaps we wouldn’t hate them sooooo much if they had a better name. Perhaps if Stink Bugs were called Smiley Bugs, Fun Bugs, Sweet Bugs or something else it would make them a bit more likeable. Unfortunately, Stink Bugs are a real issue. Stink bugs come into our houses when the weather […]

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Freestanding Ipe deck features and best practices

Use of Ipe plugs for concealed fasteners on your Ipe deck

In this video episode of The Handyguys Podcast we showcase some of the features of a freestanding Ipe deck such as lighting, hidden fasteners, Ipe plugs and aluminum balusters. Some of the things show in this video are Ipe Deck completed construction Use of beam and joist flashing Use of low voltage lighting with concealed […]

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Wasp Killer – eliminate wasps around your home

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http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-145.mp3 How to kill wasps around the home Our neighborhood has a lot of wasps. They build small nests and find their way into all the protective hideouts provided by vinyl siding, drip edges, gutters and flashing. I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the wasps unless they are building a nest very close to […]

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East Coast Earthquake Safety Tips

earthquake scream

Earthquake Safety Tips There was an earthquake on the east coast today (8-23-2011) which prevented the Handyguys from delivering their weekly audio webcast. It is not completely uncommon for earthquakes to hit the mid-atlantic states*, including our own Pennsylvania, so we decided to feature important east cost earthquake safety tips: When building shakes, run immediately for exits.  Scream if able. Panic. Drive […]

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Repairing Plaster Walls and Attaching Things to Plaster Walls

Plaster and Lath wall

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-144.mp3 Repairing plaster walls and attaching things to plaster walls are discussed in this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast. The Handyguys received this question from a listener: Would you please talk in detail about homes with plaster walls? I have never lived in a home with plaster walls until now and have only heard […]

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Dust Collection and Resiential Sprinkler Systems

sawdust

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-143.mp3 How should the do-it-yourselfer handle dust? When the handyman moves inside to cut and sand wood, a major hazard exists with all the dust that is accumulated in the air and potentially in your lungs.  The Handyguys talk about how to control dust from ruining your day and potentially your life. In order to […]

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Husqvarna’s North American R&D Facility in Charlotte, NC part 1

husqvarna_day2-3

The Handyguys Test Husqvarna Tools at their North American R&D facility.   We just got back from visiting Husqvarna and had an adventure playing with power tools and riding the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. We hacked away at trees (already dead), brush and grass with Husqvarna chain saws, mowers, trimmers and other […]

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The True Value experience and Delta Faucets 2011

deltafaucet980t-dst-4

http://media.blubrry.com/handyguyspodcast/p/www.handyguyspodcast.com/wp-content/media/handyguys-episode-142.mp3 In this audio episode The Handyguys discuss the advantages of a local True Value store and the latest line of Delta faucets. Not Your Grandmother’s Faucet.  Handyguy Fan correspondent visits Delta Faucet Mike from “thediygeek” went on a media tour of Delta Faucet in Indianapolis, IN. He reports in on this episode of the […]

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