Tools and Products

October 20, 2011

The eyes have it - 22% of DIY injuries are to the face

Cutting edge safety gear including MP3 player ear-protection and a respirator that lets you sound like Darth Vader.


October 11, 2011

My grand experiment; the truth about lawnmowers and fuel consumption

Three mowers1

Which of these would you say uses dramatically more fuel?


A Gassy Experiment Leads to Horsepower Love 

I’ve always objected to ride-on mowers because I’d heard that they consume a gallon of gas faster than a university student can shotgun a beer.  Is it true?

I went searching for specs comparing the fuel efficiencies of different types of mowers.  I couldn’t find a thing online, so I contacted some people I knew at Sears and Husqvarna asking for any research they had. 

They had charts comparing the amount of time that different mowers require to cut the same area of lawn. But they couldn't answer my burning question about how much more gas it takes to do the same job with a bigger mower.

So I proposed to Sears that I borrow a few of their demo models for the summer to do an experiment, cutting the same area of lawn throughout the summer using three very different-sized mowers.

They agreed to the experiment.  A few days later a big truck came up the driveway and dropped off a 190cc Eco Plus mower, a 12-horsepower Smart Rider, and the big daddy, a Craftsman 26-horsepower garden tractor. 

I alternated machines weekly throughout the summer and early fall.  I carefully measured the fuel consumption when refilling the machines, and kept a chart of litres used. 

I was really, really surprised by the results. 


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October 05, 2011

Lightsaber Candlestick: The Force Burns Brightly with This One - Technabob


I used to have a collection of Star Trek Christmas ornaments but this is way classier. (Starts shipping in December from ThinkGeek for about $40) WHO WOULDN'T WANT A PAIR OF THESE?

October 04, 2011

Canadians can now order 60,000 tools from has launched its Tool & Building Supplies Store featuring more than 60,000 tool and home improvement-related items. Canadians can purchase power tools to DIY products from top brands at and receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more.


Source:  Home Improvement Retailing Magazine

September 22, 2011

Top 26 home energy hogs using gobs of 'phantom' power


Wow, look what's sucking electrons even when the power is turned 'off'. As with 'HAL' in 2001 A Space Odyssey, it's time to unplug these babies.

September 21, 2011

Choosing a furnace filter that doesn't suck

Just say 'no' to furnace filter bafflement:



The bedding that stops snoring and hot flashes


This is the greatest bedding and I just happened to notice that Costco is carrying it. Eliminates dust mites and all of the allergies that go with it. Ended my husband's snoring and my hot flashes.  Here's the poop on allergies from a bit I did on CTV...


September 15, 2011

Free up your schedule with a torso pillow


Slightly morbid lower-torso-and-legs pillow is a happy hangout for any lap-loving cat. And you can still get stuff done while the surrogate lap does its fine work. Isn't your time worth 175 bucks? Thanks to my nephew Chas for the link.

August 24, 2011

Star Wars - 'Han Solo in Carbonite' Ice Cube Tray


A MUST-have for the geeky hostess.

August 08, 2011

3M™ Peltor Junior Earmuffs - Rockler Woodworking Tools


Finally, ear protection for the junior craft enthusiast.


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