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Tween Painting Party And Foamy Faucet Trouble

pre-teen painting

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we discuss if giving a pre-teen free rein on painting her room with her friends is a good idea, we then discuss a vexing issue with Paul’s kitchen sink faucet. Pre-teen Painting She is 12, she wanted her room painted. She wanted to DIY. It was her […]

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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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John Deere LA115 Lawn Tractor Controls Overview Video

John Deere Controls

In this video we give or viewers a brief overview of the controls of the LA115 lawn tractor from John Deere. Controls Overview This video is a follow-up to our audio show Episode #118 – Controls, Maintenance and Cutting Techniques of a John Deere LA115 Lawn Tractor. Many of the controls are identical to other […]

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Installing A Co Detector

True Value Blog Squad and The Handyguys

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we introduce our participation on the 2010 True Value DIY Blog Squad and then discuss Carbon Monoxide detectors. True Value DIY Blog Squad First up – The Handyguys Brian and Paul would like to announce we have again been selected for the True Value DIY Blog Squad. We […]

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Making a Sandwich

Making a Sandwich

Making a Sandwich? Handyguy Paul decided to play a trick on Brian and demonstrate how a true handyguy prepares his lunch!

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Controls, Maintenance And Cutting Techniques Of A John Deere La115 Lawn Tractor

Controls of the John Deere LA115

The Handyguys discuss the controls and maintenance of a John Deere LA115 lawn tractor in this audio only podcast. When Handyguy Paul first received his LA115, he sat on the seat, stared at the controls and realized he better read the manual. It is not as simple as turning the ignition and mowing the lawn. […]

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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 Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

Sawzall

The Handyguys look at some subtle differences between two models of Sawzalls and discuss when you would want each. Choosing a Sawzall Milwaukee Tools sent The Handyguys a press release describing two new Sawzalls. At first glance the specifications seemed the same. 6509-31 SAWZALL® Recip Saw 6519-31 SAWZALL® Recip Saw 3/4” Stroke Length 12 Amp […]

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Installing a sconce in 7 easy steps

Installing a sconce from Rejuvenation.com

In this video The Handyguys discuss installing a wall sconce to add ambiance lighting, that wont glare on the screen, to a basement home theater. Glare is the issue, planning is the answer When you are considering lighting for your home, whether it be for a home theater, television viewing area, home office, kitchen or […]

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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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Listener Questions – The Steven Show

House Questions

The Handyguys receive many questions from our listeners but there is one listener who has sent a plethora of questions all by himself. The Handyguys decided to tackle “Steven’s” questions all at once – rapid fire style. Here are the topics covered in this lightening round. Listen to the podcast for our answers. Woodpeckers making unwanted holes in the […]

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Eposode #112 – Safety First

Danger Sign

There are dangers lurking around around your home! The Handyguys guys discuss some safety precautions that every homeowner and every Handyguy should consider when working around the home. We can’t cover every aspect of home safety in this podcast but we can provide a quick overview. If you are new homeowner or a handyguy, …

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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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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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Repairing Salt Damage To Lawns And Concrete&

Salt Truck

Road salt can damage lawns, concrete and sidewalks. The Handyguys answer a question about rock salt and lawns then discuss different types of de-icers. De-icing salts and your lawn The Handyguys answer the following question from Mike: I live in Michigan and the snow plows push the snow (AND SALT) up on my yard. what […]

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Modern Appliances Stink, Quality Of New Appliances

Modern Appliances

The Handyguys discuss why modern appliances suck stink and briefly discuss how to fix a whirlpool GS6SHEXNL00 side by side refrigerator. The Handyguys are NOT appliance repairmen First off – The Handyuys are NOT appliance repair guys. We are just a couple of handy homeowners who have attempted a couple appliance repairs ourselves. Please don’t […]

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Looking Back And Looking Forward – 100 Episodes

100 Episodes of The Handyguys Podcast

One Hundred Episodes of The Handyguys Podcast. Wow! The Handyguys discuss some of their favorite shows, talk about what is in store for the future and have a special guest, Marc Spagnuolo, aka “The Wood Whisperer”. Looking Back Brian & Paul reminisce about some of our favorite shows.  We had fun trying out riding mowers […]

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Exploding Water Heaters And Home Networking

Basic components of a water heater, T&P, expansion tank, water supply, gas line

Exploding water heaters and home networking are discussed on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast. Can a hot water heater really explode? The Handyguys address a comment on their website regarding a hot water heater that has expanded and caused the pipes above to leak. Fortunately, there were no explosions. The Handyguys also …

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Eliminating Squirrels And Basement Carpet

Squirrels can Destroy

The Handyguys take two fan questions on very different topics. Destructive squirrels and carpeting options for a basement. Squirrels The Handyguys received the following question from Larry, a listener of the show: Hi, I have squirrels eating away at the lead pipe flashing (roof jack). that surround the PVC vent pipes that extend out of […]

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Ideal Water Pressure, Fixing A Damaged Wall And V-Jaw Pliers

Busted Pipe

The Handyguys received a distraught email from one of our listeners regarding a DIY disaster. It seems that Leroy has the challenge of fixing a hack job from the previous homeowner. Hi guys, I recently purchased a house. The home was built in 1990. In the master bedroom there is an 8 inch paper boarder […]

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