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toggle-switch-plates

If normal switch plate covers are too mundane for you, try these Toggle Switch Plates from UncommonGoods for a little Rube Goldberg steampunk style.  They are designed by father and son Lance and L J Nybye.  The plates are made with brass hardware and laser-engraved plywood.  You can attach them over your existing standard switch plates [...]

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gilmour-leakfree-13

I take good care of most of my tools and equipment, but my garden hose is an exception. I think it’s because we share a mutual dislike. The hose kinks when I uncoil it, then tangles and resists when I try to put it back neatly. And the connections between hoses and nozzles always manage [...]

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mini-eco-i-lite-flashlight-emergency-light

The Mini Eco-i-Lite from the Container Store plugs into an outlet and can serve as a dim nightlight.  If you need a flashlight, just lift the cylinder out of the charging base and turn on the LED flashlight.  If you lose power, the flashlight comes on automatically, and it can provide 7 hours of continuous [...]

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blue-bottle-travel-coffee-kit

If your coffee is the key to a good morning for you, and if the cost of getting it your way is no object, then the Blue Bottle Coffee Travel Kit from Timbuk2 Bags is the perfect addition to your travel gear.  The kit is packed in a Timbuk2 bag with 14-oz waxed canvas exterior with [...]

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Dyson-humidifier-1

Living in Wisconsin (we lived there years ago) meant aeon long winters, heart stopping heating bills, and desert dry air. We used humidifiers to try to add invaluable moisture to the air to help decrease respiratory illnesses or alleviate the symptoms, but also to keep from shocking each other to a fine char. While cleaning [...]

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savel

It goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway, that I love gadgets. I even love gadgets that I'd never buy and that have been designed to fix a problem that is best fixed with a solution that is much less expensive. Today's example is the Savel by Dreamfarm. What we have here is a colorful [...]

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dropcam_diy_enclosure

It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

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bottleloft.jpg

Having a full fridge is actually a good problem to have, right? It probably means we aren't going hungry. But not having enough space in your fridge can be a bit frustrating at times. Brian Conti, creator of the successfully funded Strong Like Bull Magnets Kickstarter projects, is back with a new crowdfunded---and of course, magnetically-powered---product. The [...]

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SwannSecure-4

Everyone wants to be more secure in their home. One way we achieve this is by the use of security cameras. Wired security cameras have been around for a long, long time, but all in one wireless systems are more recent to the market. Swann who has been selling security cameras for a while has [...]

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thinkgeek-planet-plates

ThinkGeek has a set of plates designed by Leah Yael Levy that feature a planet from our solar system on each plate.  The Planetary Plates are 10" in diameter.  They are made of melamine, so they aren't microwave safe.  (There's a bit of confusion as to whether they are dishwasher safe.)  You get a set of [...]

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vornado-vfan

Vornado fans have been around since 1945, and while the style looks very much the same today, the materials used in the fans have changed over the years.  Vornado fans use their signature "Vortex Technology to provide complete circulation of all the air throughout a room.  Twin air cones and a deep-pitched propeller compress and move [...]

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drink-ink-glass-identifiers

I've seen various "charms" that help you keep up with which glass belongs to whom at parties, but most of them only work with stemmed glasses.  What if you aren't having wine?  How do you identify your soda glass or beer stein or your coffee cup?  It won't be a problem with the Drink Ink [...]

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dropcase

The Dropcam Pro is my all time favorite security camera. It's my favorite because it provides the best wide angle image I've found in a security camera, it's easy to setup and has a very good web viewer and mobile app for remote viewing. Of course no gadget is ever 100% perfect for everyone and the main [...]

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loftek_ledworklight-1

I am the quintessential handyman...always building, repairing, and/or tearing out something. I started my first home improvement project nearly 25 years ago. Back in the day, there were limited battery operated tools and work typically involved dragging electrical cords everywhere you went. As battery technology improves and becomes much more cost effective, we find it powering devices/tools [...]

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Vitesse-Aerator-for-wine

The Vitesse Aerator is a two-piece set that was designed with dual functions - to easily decant and aerate wine.  The set consists of a mouth-blown, lead-free crystal decanter and an adapter that fits securely onto both bottle and decanter for a stable, hands-free decanting.  The crystal decanter has a "narrow neck and wide base [...]

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officechair

Who says a chair can’t be high tech? It’s certainly the case when it comes to modern office chairs.  These babies combine form and function. Each one is designed to provide comfort during the long day at your desk, but they’re all snazzy enough to show off to your clients and colleagues. Better than that, [...]

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rollie_egg_cooker_kalorik

In a carnival world where just about everything from chicken to butter can be eaten "on a stick", it was only a matter of time before the fad made its way to your kitchen.  Now I'm not particularly talented at making eggs either, although rarely have I faced the issues plaguing these poor people.  However, who [...]

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lightswitch

A year ago I told you about teen product designer Nick Bain and his dry-erase light switch cover. Now he's launched the Switch Port as a Kickstarter project seeking $750 in funding. The Switch Port is a replacement light switch cover that doubles as a dry-erase message board. The cover has been CNC milled and [...]

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rachio

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the Skydrop sprinkler system which uses your soil conditions and local weather to better schedule when it waters your lawn. That system was priced at $299. If you want a slightly less expensive solution, consider the Rachio Iro smart sprinkler system. Priced at $249, this system also mounts on [...]

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pitstop-chair

Racing fans will no doubt be interested in these very cool Pitstop office chairs from Intro-Tech Automotive. There are several versions of the racing inspired Pitstop chairs, but I think the most impressive model is the LXE, which is available in four color combinations. The LXE features tire tread style arm rests with racing suspension springs, [...]

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