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Curb Appeal Tips Video

In this Handyguys video, Brian and Paul discuss a few tips for improving the curb appeal of your home. If you are selling your home, these tips are essential to make your home seem more inviting and appealing. Also, if you just want things to look these tips can be very helpful. https://youtu.be/sZ2Mr-bEXuI Considerations for Curb Appeal […]

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Lawn Mower Selection (Video)

https://youtu.be/gKhhozbnbBc Lawn Mower Selection: Push Mower vs. Ride Mower Mowing is a task for anyone who has a lawn. You have bought a home with a lawn. Should you get a push mower or a ride mower? In this video, Handyguys Brian and Paul discuss lawn mower selection. Considerations for Lawn Mower Selection The biggest […]

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How to Repair an Underground Dog Fence

Fence Repair Kit

We talked about installing your own underground dog fence in the past but now we provide an overview of how to repair your underground fence when the wire gets cut (and it will eventually!). The wire provided in most DIY underground dog fences is not very strong so it is not difficult for you to develop […]

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Annual IPE deck Maintenance

Apply oil to Ipe Deck for annual ipe deck maintenance

http://youtu.be/V4uaRqlA3So We explain how to maintain an IPE deck so that it keeps its rich color. We have discussed IPE deck maintenance before but wanted to provide an update on Brian’s 4 year old Deck. Annual Ipe deck maintenance is a two step process – Clean and then Oil Step 1 – Cleaning your Ipe […]

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How To Install Dog Door on Exterior Door

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CfEFlEbmkA&list=PLxNoX3iH3CrSsPHi0l1IQpAyo5gvb1ZQE&index=1 Handyguy Brian installs a Dog Door on his exterior door on the back of his house. This is a fairly easy install but it always makes you nervous cutting into an external door. Brian installed a Hale pet door. They are in limited supply at Amazon but there are many other options. You can get […]

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Lawn Mower Tire Repair For At-Home DIY-ers

The tire on your wheelbarrow, lawn tractor, snow blower or other piece of equipment goes flat. How do you repair a lawn mower tire? If its not obviously punctured, and if you can get air into it, you may be able to get back to work quickly. Repair a Flat Tire video http://youtu.be/es2qBA-J6KY?list=UUtp4_sH0vDHVCgNu5CBYEVg Repair a Flat Tire […]

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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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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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Planting Grass Seed, Strategies for Success

Perfect Lawn

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 time […]

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Mower maintenance and tips for a better lawn

Mower maintenance includes blade sharpening

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 checking […]

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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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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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Dust Collection and Resiential Sprinkler Systems

sawdust

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 protect […]

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Preventing and repairing thatch and those purple triangle thingys in trees

Emerald Ash Borer Trap

In this audio episode The Handyguys discuss thatch in your lawn as well as discuss those purple kite looking things that are showing up in trees around many states in the Midwest and Northeast. Thatch The Handyguys discuss thatch in your lawn and dispel many myths regarding thatch. What causes it and what doesn’t cause […]

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Battery String Trimmer opinions and a Contest

Black & Decker LST220 Cordless String Trimmer

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast we discuss our impressions of a battery-powered string trimmer and announce a contest to give one away! Sponsor: Protect your Home with ADT Security Services! Call 1-866-778-3127 Battery Operated String Trimmer Paul and Brian were a bit skeptical when they were presented with the opportunity to evaluate […]

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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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End Of Season Tractor Maintenance, Storing Your John Deere Tractor

In this audio episode of The Handyguys Podcast Brian and Paul discuss tractor maintenance and how to winterize your lawn and garden equipment and store your Deere tractor for the winter. Check your owners manual for specific end of season or storage procedures. This show will primarily focus on Fuel. This guide applies to all […]

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Accessorizing a lawn tractor video – Aeration, hauling, bagging and more

John Deere tractor accessories, aerator

In this video episode of The Handyguys Podcast we show you some aeration, hauling, bagging and other attachments that can add significant value and utility to your lawn tractor. We put some John Deere attachments & accessories through a workout in this video: Aerator The key thing in using this aerator is to have weight […]

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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 Not Making Ice We received this question from a fan named Mary Do you have any recommendations on […]

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Tractor and Mower Maintenance Video – Oil, Fuel, Air, Grease and Spark

Deere Oil Change

In this video episode of The Handyguys we discuss some common tractor and mower maintenance for your John Deere. We discuss changing oil, checking air filters, the location of spark plugs, grease points and fuel filters. John Deere sells a Home maintenance kit specifically for your tractor. It contains most of the items you will […]

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Labor Day Lawn Care Do’s and Don’ts

Mowing tips

Our friends over at John Deere sent us some great lawn care information that we wanted to share with everyone before Labor Day. There is no audio or video with this post. A survey with Harris Interactive found out that 79% of homeowners and renters in the U.S. are planning to mow their lawns in […]

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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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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 sharpen a mower blade video

Sharpening your mower blade

In this video The Handyguys show you how to sharpen and balance a mower blade. Three different sharpening techniques are shown. Sharpening Three different sharpening techniques are shown Using a file Using a sander Using a grinder We didn’t discuss using things like a dremel attachment or purpose built tools for sharpening. Blade Balancing When you sharpen […]

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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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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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