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How Often to Replace Your Smoke Alarms (Video)

http://youtu.be/7mXF6RXo_As In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul briefly discuss some helpful tips when replacing your smoke detector. At the beginning of the video, Handyguy Paul shows Handyguys Brian his 3 new detectors. Homeowners should be aware that detectors undergo wear and tear just like any other device. Homeowners should replace their detector every 10 […]

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Adding Multiple Users To Your Google Home Device (Video)

http://youtu.be/4rDHOMwEFKY Google Home is great but what if you have multiple users with different Google accounts who want to use the device? In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul explain how to add multiple Google Home users to their home audio device. In previous videos, Handyguyus Brian and Paul set up a Home as well […]

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The Handyguys Unbox a Chromecast Ultra Device (Video)

http://youtu.be/XRJeIJFQsGo In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul unbox a Chromecast Ultra Device. In previous videos, The Handyguys unbox and explore the features of the Chromecast. The Chromecast can be automated to lights in the home as well as TV usage. Check out The Handyguys’ other videos for more features and uses for the Chromecast […]

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Setup of Google Chromecast TV – The Handyguys

http://youtu.be/BijTvklBPxE In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul teach viewers how to setup their Chromecast TV. Previously, The Handyguys unboxed a Chromecast. The Chromecast box includes a USB and an outlet on the Chromecast itself for an HDMI. This video is part of a larger series of unboxing, setup, and tutorial for the Google Home, […]

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Chromecast TV Unboxing (Video) – The Handyguys

http://youtu.be/NUTvKIq2748 In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul unbox a Chromecast TV. The Chromecast is a device that enables you to stream from a smart device onto a TV easily through casting. Previously, Handyguys Brian and Paul unboxed ands setup for the Chromecast Audio. The Audio has the same functions as the Chromecast TV except […]

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Chromecast Audio and Google Home Integration

http://youtu.be/A6l86YjVMiQ In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul explore how to cast from the Google Home device onto their studio jobsite radio. The Chromecast Audio is a casting device. This device allows an individual to cast audio from an application on their smart device onto an audio device of choice. This is part of a […]

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Using Google Home and Chromecast To Play Videos On Your TV

http://youtu.be/eNQZoPc9eJo In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul use Chromecast and the Google Home to cast a Handyguys video onto a TV. In the past few episodes, Handyguys Brian and Paul have been exploring the home improvement benefits that can come through the Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. They have successfully also installed home automation between […]

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Chromecast Audio Setup Part 2

http://youtu.be/1uOLav1bDrI In this video, The Handyguys do a brief tutorial of the Chromecast Audio. Previously, The Handyguys unboxed and setup the Audio for viewers. This is part of a greater series of videos looking at the Google Home, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra. These devices are all compatible with one another yet have different […]

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Chromecast Audio Setup Part 1

http://youtu.be/IEQ5jJ7S-VQ In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul begin to setup a Chromecast Audio. In the previous episode, The Handyguys unboxed this device and gave a brief overview as to what it does. The Chromecast Audio is a small square device that has the ability to cast audio. In the next few episodes, The Handyguys […]

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Google Home Setup Part 1

http://youtu.be/4ZZVr7xynRs In the last video, The Handyguys unboxed a Google Home device and installed the application needed to control this new home audio device. In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul go through the initial Google Home Setup. In a later video, The Handyguys will go over how to troubleshoot the device in case of […]

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Control Leviton Z Wave Switch with Amazon Echo Dot

http://youtu.be/U-QMntz8uOI In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul show homeowners how to connect their Leviton Z Wave switch to an Amazon Echo Dot. In the previous videos, The Handyguys unboxed and setup the Leviton Z Wave switch in Handyguy Paul’s dining room and connected the switch to the SmartThings Hub. The next step would be […]

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Leviton Z Wave Switch Set-Up (Video)

http://youtu.be/nUhOoOVXTxY In this episode, Handyguys Brian and Paul set up the Leviton Z Wave switch in order to expand the home automation in their house. This set-up allows you to use any bulb for home automation rather than a specific smart bulb. The Handyguys configure this set-up in Handyguy Paul’s dining room. The Leviton Z Wave […]

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SmartThings Hub Unboxing and Set-Up (Video)

http://youtu.be/JTVThQ_jG5I In this episode, Handyguys Brian and Paul unbox and setup the SmartThings Hub for home automation. In the past few episodes, the Handyguys have been going over how to coordinate home automation with the Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home. They successfully coordinated the use of the Philips Hue Smart Bulbs with these […]

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Amazon Echo Dot and Philips Hue Setup

http://youtu.be/OrBLxfwri1A In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul attempt to integrate the Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa) with the Philips hue bridge and LED lightbulbs. First, the Handyguys show homeowners how to configure the Philips hue bridge. They then attempt to connect it to the home audio device. The Philips hue bridge and LED bulbs are […]

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Google Home and Philips Hue Setup

http://youtu.be/-2jrzs2qd-0 In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul attempt to connect the Google Home with Philips Hue. In the previous video, Handyguys Brian and Paul go through the process in which to set up the Philips Hue home automation. They realized that connecting the Philips Hue to the Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa) went smoothly. However, The […]

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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. https://youtu.be/MyBJCjhF0Go 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 […]

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Ceiling Fan Selection

http://youtu.be/N6iGjstAuKw 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. […]

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Tablo DVR Front End Devices

Tablo DVR

http://youtu.be/sW6L854O2Gg 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) […]

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Antenna: Leaf vs Large Aerial Antenna (Video)

Mohu Leaf Antenna

http://youtu.be/ELfBYC5hCe8 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 […]

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Tablo DVR for Cord Cutters (Video)

Tablo TV

http://youtu.be/hox6rbLaJVY 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 […]

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House Preparation for Vacations (Video)

vacation prep

http://youtu.be/_Ca6h061CdA Vacation House Preparation In this post, Handyguys Brian and Paul provide cheap methods for protection you property from criminals and destruction while you are away on vacation. Neighbors Handyguy Paul suggest first and foremost that you become friends with your neighbors over the course of the year. When you go on vacation this relationship […]

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Home Network Wiring Organization

In today’s modern house we often have many different bits of low voltage network or video cables. Getting them organized makes for easy troubleshooting and allows for changes and easy upgrades. In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul explain to the typical homeowner how they can easily organize their home network wiring. http://youtu.be/wdmp3Habj5U?list=UUtp4_sH0vDHVCgNu5CBYEVg One key […]

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Watch Free TV Video

free tv

Watch free TV, yes really for FREE. If you want the absolutely best quality picture quality you can get it for free. All you need is a basic antenna. What this video to get the details. http://youtu.be/pY7qPxsCJJA Free TV Picture Quality One of the best aspects of free tv (other than free) is the HighDef […]

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Wired Networking

http://youtu.be/Oq2KaRKaFMk Wired networking has been around a long time and has progressed through many topologies and technologies. The Handyguys discuss the advantages of wired networking, when to use wired networking and what the pieces of a complete solution look like. Components of a wired networking solution Hub or switch The hub or switch is the central component […]

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Audio podcasting gear we use (to do the show) and True Value Blog Squad

True Value DIY Blog Squad and The Handyguys

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we answer a question we get a lot – What gear do we use to make our show? We also announce our participation in the True Value Blog Squad. Sponsor: Protect your Home with ADT Security Services! Call 1-866-778-3127 Podcasting Audio Gear Sorry, no home improvement topics […]

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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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