Outdoors

BioLite FirePit+ review – Combination fire pit and charcoal grill

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REVIEW – Who doesn’t like to sit around a cozy fire pit on a chilly evening outside?  How about a fire pit that you can pack up and take with you?  How about one that will also let you cook on it and is designed to radiate heat out to the sides and create less …

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Greenworks Pro 60V Cordless 21″ Self-Propelled Brushless Lawn Mower W/ 5.0 AH Battery review – Say goodbye to gas

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REVIEW – One of the newest innovations in yard work is the switch from gas-powered tools to battery-powered. The benefits are numerous: No fumes, no maintenance, no gas, no power. Wait, scratch that last item—battery-powered tools finally have all the power of gas making them a viable replacement to those smelly gas monsters in your …

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Sansi SGLEDs outdoor floodlight review

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REVIEW – During this pandemic, many of us have been spending more time at home, and have possibly added lighting to our outdoor areas for variety and interest. I was recently sent a sample from Sansi of their SGLEDs outdoor floodlight, and have been amazed at the depth of color and flexibility of this single …

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Prune faster with these battery powered pruning shears

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NEWS – These battery-powered shears popped up on my Facebook feed this morning and most of the time sponsored Facebook ads are usually for junk, but these pruners look like a dream tool for me. I’ve been imagining breezing through yard cleanup in minutes with these bad boys. They feature a trigger and a rechargeable …

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Aeon Matrix Yardian smart sprinkler controller with HD camera review

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REVIEW – Watering the lawn. A mundane task, dragging around hoses and sprinklers and remembering (or forgetting) to turn them off. Or, you can go with a sprinkler system, typically controlled by a simple timer where you select days to water, and how long to water each zone. But, what happens when the weather changes? …

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Protect yourself and your animals against tick-borne illness with the TickEase tick remover

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NEWS – Well, that title just said it all, didn’t it?  The TickEase Tick Removal Tool was created by Dan Wolff, also known as Tick Man Dan.  He’s a tick-prevention specialist who has been bitten over 200 times and who has been educating people about tick removal and prevention for more than 20 years.  He’s now …

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These mosquito repellers conjure an anti-bug force field

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NEWS – We’re heading into the middle of summer, and that means cookouts, pool parties, and naturally, mosquitos. There are methods of curbing those pesky bloodsuckers, but bug sprays are smelly and oily and may not mix well with sunscreen, and open flame candles can be messy or dangerous. Thermacell may have that problem licked. …

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Your home is smart – now with Elgato Eve Aqua, your lawn can be smart, too

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Elgato Eve products can be used inside to automate your home.  The Gadgeteer has even reviewed some of them.  Now Elgato adds the Eve Aqua to turn your outdoor faucet into an “intelligent water outlet” to make watering your yard as easy as set-it-and-forget it scheduling or to allow you to water your lawn while …

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There’s nothing kinky about the Bernini Pro Series garden hose

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Are you tired of those traditional, green rubber-pipe garden hoses that get kinked up so badly water won’t pass through or spring so many leaks your yard looks like a water feature?  Replace that old hose with a Bernini Pro Series hose and you won’t have to deal with kinks again. The Bernini hose is …

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Roast a perfect marshmallow with this fishing pole

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You’d never know it with this heat wave we’re having in the south this week, but it’s autumn now and time for sitting around a campfire or the fire pit in the backyard.  You’ll be able to roast hot dogs or marshmallows without having to hunt for the perfect stick, and without worrying about splinters …

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This metal detector folds up after you’re done searching for treasure

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Every year when Jeanne and I go to Florida for vacation, we talk about taking along one of our metal detectors to hunt the beaches for “treasure”. So far we’ve never actually taken one with us because we’d have to dismantle it to put in our luggage. That wouldn’t be a huge hardship, but we’ve …

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