November 28, 2007

Gutter Sense

gutter_sense.jpgWe put cleaning gutters right next to scraping paint on our list of things at the bottom of Home Improvement Hell. So we're always on the look out for anything that makes either of these tasks easier. For paint scraping, we were pretty satisfied with the Wagner Paint Eater, but what about those leaf-filled gutters? Well, a small company called Segal MFG., INC. has created an interesting tool called Gutter Sense that looks like it might take the pain out of the dreaded yearly chore. And if not the pain, at least the ladder-work.

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May 23, 2007

Black & Decker Alligator Lopper 4.5 Amp Electric Chainsaw

alligator.jpgThis is a new one to us. Is it a chainsaw? Is it a set of loppers? Is it a weapon from Duke Nukem 3-D? We guess it’s a combination of A and B, but we’re not sure. With the Alligator Lopper, it appears that Black & Decker has created a tool that is essentially a lightweight, electric chainsaw with an interesting look and some nice safety features.

The Alligator has a set of scissor jaws that grab and hold onto the branch while the small chainsaw blade between them makes the cut. With this setup, the blade not only stays far away from your face but the jaws also act as blade guards, greatly reducing the chances of injury.

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May 17, 2007

Fiskars Garden Bucket Caddy

fiskars_garden_caddy.jpgIf you’ve been doing any serious gardening this year, you’re probably already sick of lugging your hand tools around with you each time you move a couple feet to the next plant, or maybe you’re one of those people who leave your tools all over the lawn so they can get rained on. If either of these situations describes you, Fiskars has the solution. Their little Garden Bucket Caddy is a perfect way to tote around a selection of gardening tools with the added bonus of having a 5 gallon bucket at your disposal for weeds or more tools.

The Garden Bucket Caddy comes with a seed pocket to keep seeds nice and dry as well as a spot for a cell phone and a beverage holder. A few of the pockets have no bottoms to accommodate loppers or shears.

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May 2, 2007

Lawn Care Websites

lawn.jpgAs spring progresses, a lot of you are turning your attention to the bare patch of dirt that you refer to as the “back yard.” You have dreams of turning it into something as lush as a rainforest, but you just don’t know exactly how to do it. Since we’re in the same boat, we did some research and found these two helpful sites on the subject of lawn care; YardCare.com and All About Lawns.

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April 26, 2007

Stihl Chainsaw Selector

stihl_chainsaw.jpgStihl has just made the chainsaw buying process a whole lot easier with their online chainsaw selector. Just answer the four questions and the selector narrows you down to a few suitable chainsaws. It takes about 30 seconds and even if your budget is more Poulan than Stihl, it can still be a help, if only to find what size and class is appropriate for your uses.

And while you're at the Stihl site check out this monster. Yikes.

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April 17, 2007

Black & Decker Grasshog 18-Volt Cordless String Trimmer

black_decker_grasshog.jpgIf you're locked in a bitter battle with your neighbor over who has the prettiest lawn, you probably want to check out Black & Decker's new Grasshog 18-Volt Cordless String Trimmer. From the looks of it, the Grasshog is a convenient alternative to both gas and electric powered trimmers; no more 100' extension cord and no more of that brutal, "did I remember to add the gas stabilizer" feeling.

Powered by an 18-volt battery, Black & Decker's trimmer comes with a telescoping shaft to adjust to your height and an automatic line feed system. At seven pounds, it shouldn't be a problem swinging it around for a couple hours every two weeks. And when you're done trimming around trees and stone walls, with the push of a button, the Grasshog converts into an edger. Not bad for a tool that costs around $100.

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