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As any parent knows, there's a bit of danger associated with very young children trying to wash their hands on their own.  When my daughter was very young, we had to keep a footstool in the bathroom so she could reach to wash her hands - so there's a falling danger.  There's also a scalding [...]

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Yesterday, we told you about the Modfire Astrofire modern fire box for the backyard of your mid-century modern home.  Today, we'll show you the perfect mailbox for your home.  These mailboxes were designed by a fellow North Carolinian, and his project was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter and is now in the manufacturing stage.  Now [...]

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We've probably all been in shops where a little bell tied to the door chimes to announce someone is coming in.  How would you like something similar, but more musical, to announce a door opening - maybe strumming a guitar?  Place a Guitdoorbell over a door, and the swinging of the door will move a mounted [...]

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I recently bought an iRobot floor cleaner, and while digging around on their site, I found they also sell a little robot that can take over the chore of cleaning out your gutters for you.   The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot is only about 2" tall X 3" wide by 15.6" long, so it [...]

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Normally you expect to see candles on the dining table, but you could have the Carl Mertens Guido Wahrmann Paraffin Tabletop Fireplace instead.  Two 18/10 stainless steel tubes serve as the "logs".  They have cotton wicks and burn liquid paraffin.  They're mounted on a piece of slate that's inset into a walnut base.  It measures [...]

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Winter weather is finally here in Greensboro, and I find myself missing the fireplace I had at my old house.  With the La Strada Freestanding Floor Fireplace from Nu-Flame, you can have an indoor fireplace anywhere.  It's 23.6" tall X 31.5" wide X 11.8" thick and weighs about 49 pounds.  It has tempered glass sides and [...]

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After upteen years at the same address, my family will soon be moving into a almost time-capsule mid-century condo.  Moving has a lot of work and a lot of expense associated with it (and I'm not just talking about the mortgage, either), so I want to be sure I get things right the first time. [...]

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My better half loves to garden. She has at least 50 (I stopped counting at 40) flower pots on the deck and back porch that are planted with flowers and herbs. Most of the time we enjoy them from the inside looking out because we never seem to have a vase handy. The Modgy MYVAS [...]

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The Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat (model T5800) is a replacement for your current heating and air conditioner controller for your gas, electric or heat pump system. It adds a great set of features that will help you save money on your energy bills while also giving you more control than your current "dumb" thermostat. Note: Images can [...]

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I am extremely skeptical of the "as seen on TV" items you find in the stores these days. But I was in need of something to help me carry and install many very heavy and awkward sheets of glass. The professionals use specially designed, relatively expensive suction cups to lift glass panels and stone slabs. [...]

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This is lighting that's just a little bit different.  This lamp from YOY is discrete and neat and is placed into the corner of the room. "The integrated form implies the lamp is part of the architecture of the room, but the purposefully exposed cable reveals that the light’s placement is temporary. The light is held [...]

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OK, I'll admit to a fascination with robotic floor cleaners.  I've owned a Roomba since 2006, so when I had the opportunity to review the Mint Automated Floor Cleaner from Evolution Robotics, I eagerly volunteered.  The Mint would address a limitation of the Roomba, because it is targeted specifically at hard surface floors, something the [...]

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Only in the last year did I finally replace my older than dirt mercury switch type thermostat with a programmable model. Although I've enjoyed the convenience of having the heat automatically come on in the morning before I wake up and then not come on while no one is home during the day, changing the [...]

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When my sister and I were really young, we both had bean bag chairs. I had a Blue one and she had Red. We loved those chairs till one bleak day when the love affair ended for my sister. That was the day that she sat in the chair only to learn seconds later that [...]

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Show your fanboy (girl?) pride with this artwork collection of iOS icons from iPhone Paintings. Choose from a set of 16 hand painted icons on stretched canvas over a wood frame or 16 digitally printed icons on Italian artist canvas. Each individual painting/print is 20cm x 20cm. These icons don't come cheap... If you choose [...]

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If you live in the midwest, you've had a rotten winter.  You've had snow upon snow upon a solid three to five inch thick rink of ice.  You've had issues with melting, leakage and if you live in Indiana, you've just been hammered with what feels like one gallon of rain a minute. Now compound [...]

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I know this isn't exactly a gadget, but it sure is eye catching. It's a collection of 3D car replicas that double as shelves for your wall. Made of resin and glass, these colorful front bumbers of some classic car models from the 50's, 60's and 70's would be perfect for any man cave (or [...]

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Roomba isn't the only robotic cleaning device on the scene now. The new Mint automatic floor cleaner is designed specifically for hard surfaces like wood and linoleum and uses most popular disposable cleaning cloths (Swiffer) and re-usable microfiber cloths for dry sweeping and wet mopping floors. The square shape allows it to reach all the way into corners. [...]

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Yeah, yeah, I hate raking leaves too.  Actually raking is not the hard part. Transferring them to trash bags is probably the worst aspect.  This rake from the ImprovementsCatalog ($40) looks interesting.  Just like a pooh-scooper (but without the grossness) this rake swoops and scoops. I've tried snow shovels, cardboard boxes, bear claws (which really [...]

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The Gadgeteer recently showed you how to easily change your downlights into pendant lights without hiring an electrician.  Today, we've found another way update the look of your recessed lights.  Sky Mall is offering Recessed Light Covers in a variety of styles from modern to traditional.  These Recessed Light Covers snap into place over your [...]

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