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What is the Best Dishwasher Detergent video

Best Dishwasher Detergent

In this video the Handyguys discuss dishwasher detergent and why dishes often don’t get clean. We have received a lot of feedback on our video about fixing a dishwasher that wont clean dishes and for many (too many) people the issue is a poor design of the dishwasher. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that most dishwasher […]

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Electric Dog Fence DIY 5 Steps Video

Installing an underground dog fence

Installing an underground electric dog fence is a great 5 step DIY project to protect your pet. http://youtu.be/FtO8FyezBJk 5 Steps to installing an electric dog fence Determine what kit to buy Determine the area you want to confine your pet to Install the hidden cable Install the transmitter Train the dog When selecting your electric […]

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Water Heater Maintenance Video

Water Heater, T&P Valve, Expansion Tank

This video outlines a key component to water heater maintenance that is often overlooked, the expansion tank. http://youtu.be/-LvMenQsRh4 What does the expansion tank do? The expansion tank will allow expanding water (water expands when it heats) a place to go. Do you need one? You need an expansion tank if you are on a water […]

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Which sander is right for you?

Bosch Random Orbital Sander

Which sander should you buy? Its better to ask which sander is right for the job you are doing. In this episode The Handyguys discuss which sander is right for the job, the pros and cons of different types of sanders. http://youtu.be/Bt5M8EMmXvo When deciding which sander to buy you need to identify what project you need it […]

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Soil pH Test video

Soil PH Test

Handyguy Brian saw an interesting DIY Soil pH Test (pH is a measure of acidity) test described on Facebook. We try it out and also try a commercially available DIY Soil pH Test kit on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast. http://youtu.be/91Ig-mieOB8 Here is the graphic from Homesteading / Survivalism on Facebook. You can also just purchase a home soil pH est kit. […]

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Led Bulbs

LED Bulb

LED bulbs are the next generation of “green” lighting technology. The Handyguys talk about how LED Bulbs compare to CFLs and whether they are really friendly to the environment. http://youtu.be/A83Jmmr-jUo What is an LED bulb? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs have been around for a long time but only recently have become effective […]

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Toilet Auger

In the latest episode The Handyguys discuss several ways to unclog a toilet. http://youtu.be/wp5pcwVXnAk Yes, you can use a typical plunger if you have a clogged toilet. It works most of the time. What do you do if the plunger fails? Don’t despair, try one of the other techniques discussed in this video. Plungers A […]

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E15 Ethanol Mandate

Ethanol Mandate Corn Pump

The Handyguys talk about ethanol mandates with Institute for Energy Research expert Daniel Simmons. We discuss the negative impacts of ethanol on our vehicles, small engines, the environment and food supplies. http://youtu.be/hdWCErKR0jc Background on Ethanol Mandate The Federal government mandated certain ethanol production increases for 2013 and beyond. That additional production of ethanol additive led […]

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Ipe Deck Maintenance

Ipe deck after cleaning & oil

In this episode of The Handyguys podcast The Handyguys discuss Ipe Deck Maintenance, how to clean it and keep it looking awesome. Ipe Deck Maintenance http://youtu.be/v6G2O_ZkCio Brian’s Ipe deck looked great when it was complete. Eighteen months later is was looking a bit dirty. The wood was still in perfect condition, no checking, no splits or […]

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Toolbox Choices

Soft ToolBag toolbox choices

There are hundreds of toolbox choices on the market. The Handyguys discuss the big and small, soft and hard, tool specific or generic toolbox choices in this video. http://youtu.be/n5-h-ss56yk Toolbox Choices Small Portable toolboxes These types of toolboxes are very common when you only need to carry around a few small tools. The Handyguys like […]

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Smoke alarm no smoke – What to do

Smoke detector no smoke

It doesn’t happen too often but it CAN happen – smoke alarm no smoke. Yes, your smoke alarm can go off when there is no smoke. One possibility is dust. http://youtu.be/zPX5Z3T3ASs Smoke alarm no smoke The Handyguys discuss how to deal with a Smoke alarm no smoke situation cause by dust.

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Installing a faucet and water filter

Pfister faucet install

Installing a faucet and water filter doesn’t need to be hard, in this new video from The Handyguys we show you the basic steps to installing a faucet and water filter. http://youtu.be/EWj0K9RgMIc Installing a new kitchen Faucet In this video The Handyguys install the new Pfister Pasadena Kitchen faucet featuring: Install Tool included two-function spray-head integrated flexible […]

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Garage Cabinets & Garage Organization

The Handyguys Studio

Garage Organization Handyguy Brian’s garage a disaster, he has a mix of recycled cabinets, home-made shelving, pegboard and cheap, rusty metal shelves. In this episode The Handyguys discuss garage organization and show off their new set. http://youtu.be/hZtlkRz0cV0 Redline Garage Organization offerings Here are a few of the advantages of using Redline’s Garage Organization offerings discussed in this video: […]

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Electric Snowblowers

Electric Snowblower

In this episode The Handyguys try out electric snowblowers, discuss advantages of electric versus gas snowblowers, and why they may be the right tool for a homeowner and why they might not be the right tool for some people. http://youtu.be/nV2GRYvPg1o Electric Snowblowers – Advantages Always start No need to store gas Lightweight Easy to store […]

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Drought Lawn Care

Dormant Grass

Over 70% of the country has been classified as abnormally dry, or worse. What about the oasis in your own backyard? Lawn Care Do’s and Don’ts During a Drought DON’T Water your lawn at night. Grass left wet overnight, or for long periods of time, can encourage fungal diseases that cause discoloration. Water in the early morning so your […]

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Building an Azek Cellular PVC Deck

Cellular PVC Deck Design Considerations

In this audio podcast The Handyguys discuss Building an Azek Cellular PVC Deck. The Handyguys discuss when to DIY and when not to DIY, design considerations, choosing a contractor and materials selection. To DIY or not to DIY a Cellular PVC Deck Handyguy Paul decided not to DIY this Cellular PVC Deck. Listen to the podcast […]

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Preventing wood rot on door jambs and deck posts

Jamb just prior to wood rot

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 any […]

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Mailbox post choices

spindigger mailbox post

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 want […]

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Renting a Lawn Aerator and avoiding weeds

aerators

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. The […]

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GE Refrigerator Not Cooling Troubleshooting and Repair

GE Refrigerator Not Cooling Troubleshooting and Repair

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 Water […]

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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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Last Minute Christmas List ideas

Christmas Montage

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 for […]

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LED Christmas Lights for Energy Savings

Colored LED Christmas Lights

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 not! […]

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Hardscaping Options – Concrete, pavers or stamped concrete

Stamped Concrete

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 clean […]

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Stink Bug Prevention, Control, Removal and Elimination

Stink Bugs

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 cools […]

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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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