Home and Kitchen

tirso-standing-spreader-knife

Everybody knows that a peanut butter or jelly-covered knife laying on the edge of the sink means you haven't decided if you're going to make another sandwich or not.  This keeps the counter free of smears, and it keeps the knife clean - so long as it doesn't fall into the sink.  You won't have [...]

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gallery-magic-hanging-system

Hanging pictures can be a nightmare of measuring tapes, levels, and holes in the walls - only to end up with your pictures still crooked and out of line.  With the Gallery Magic system, you won't have to work so hard and still end up with nicely spaced and level artwork.  The first part of [...]

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beanplus_22

I like my hot coffee. OK, I have to HAVE TO have it in the morning. However, recently my buddy Brian suggested I try cold drip coffee. He'd rigged up some brewing method with some type of brewer designed for camping, but he swore it worked well for creating cold-drip brews. So when Julie provided [...]

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acurite-pro5in1-1

Several weeks ago I posted a review of the AcuRite smartHUB Weather Environment System which I'm still using. There were a few comments on the review asking about a wind speed sensor. AcuRite saw those comments and sent me the PRO+ 5-in-1 Weather Sensor which also works with the smartHUB. Let's take it for a spin. [...]

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ludela

We've all seen LED bulbs that can be controlled with a mobile app. But LuDela is the first mobile phone controlled wireless smart candle. Yes, it's a real candle with a real flame and not a LED that just looks like a flame. And yes, you can really control it with a smartphone. LuDela consists [...]

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my-critter-catcher

Some of you are familiar with my love of insects. Sadly, that trait was not passed down to my kids - and I have tried; oh, how I've tried. Every now and then I'll hear a blood-curdling scream as though someone just lost a limb only to find out that a tiny insect or spider [...]

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simplehuman-sensor-mirror

Different lighting and mirrors can give you a false reflection of yourself. If that drives you crazy when getting ready in the morning, then the simplehuman 8" Sensor Mirror (distortion-free 5x magnification) may be something that interests you. It is equipped with sensors that will automatically turn on or off its ring of LED lights [...]

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inateck-db1001-4

I can be kind of lazy. Case in point, we didn't have a working doorbell for at least a year because I was too lazy to replace the battery in the outdoor push button. Instead of buying a battery, I just ordered an ultra cheap wireless doorbell from Amazon and used it for less than [...]

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it-bed

You've probably heard of Sleep Number beds before. They are the beds that allow personal customization of each side of the bed so that the occupants can have the most comfortable sleep possible for their individual soft for firmness level preferences. Sleep Number's latest bed is called the "it bed" and this bed not only [...]

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wiserair-7

Since moving into my house a year ago, I have been blessed with having a central air unit. From this spring on, I'd been itching to upgrade my thermostat from the original, basic model to a smart thermostat. Just before the last heat wave of the summer, I was able to test out the Wiser [...]

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Fizzics-FZ101-4

Not so long ago a group of friends and I were discussing how a vacation property we were staying at didn't have an wine aerator. One friend took a jab at another and jokingly said, "that wouldn't help the cheap hooch you drink anyway!" We all laughed and went on to talk of other things, but [...]

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swannsmartseries

Swann's new Smart-Series do-it-yourself security system combines wired video surveillance and wireless smart home technology into one integrated solution engineered to deter break-ins and detect intrusion within your home or business. The system includes four weather resistant, 1080p HD wired cameras with 80° viewing angle and night vision with set and forget recording onto the pre-installed 1TB hard drive. [...]

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bloomsky-6

Weather nerds can easily become part of a crowd-sourced community-based weather network with the BloomSky SKY1 solar powered weather camera kit. Set it up in your yard and you and others who follow you can instantly check the weather in your exact area, making it more accurate than what the weatherman on the TV, radio and [...]

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wasserstein-nestcam-mount-8

The Nest Cam is one of my all time favorite home security cameras. But the one thing I don't like about them is the long power cord and AC adapter that's required to use them. There has to be a better solution that makes installation easier and nicer looking right? Right! Check out the Wall [...]

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jetery--laser-1

I fancy myself a bit of a handyman and prefer to do the vast majority of home repairs myself. Many projects require the use of a tape measure. While I generally get my measurements right, occasionally I read the markings wrong, or the length is so great it's difficult to measure with one person. These [...]

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