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The Handyguys are two avid DIYers sharing their experiences working around the house.



Our podcasts feature answers to your questions, head-to-head tool tests and other DIY and home improvement topics. If you have a question regarding your home, let us know using the contact tab on our site or call us at (818) 804-8665. We respond to all questions and may use your question on-the-air in a future broadcast.



Our weekly podcasts are posted every Thursday at 5PM Eastern Time. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you around the home!

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The Handyguys are two avid DIYers sharing their experiences working around the house.



Our podcasts feature answers to your questions, head-to-head tool tests and other DIY and home improvement topics. If you have a question regarding your home, let us know using the contact tab on our site or call us at (818) 804-8665. We respond to all questions and may use your question on-the-air in a future broadcast.



Our weekly podcasts are posted every Thursday at 5PM Eastern Time. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you around the home!

    • video
    Deck Lighting questions answered

    Deck Lighting questions answered

    Deck Lighting questions answered

    In this video the Handyguys answer some fan deck lighting questions. What is best, CFL, LED, Halogen, Incandescent? Does it really matter? What about low voltage? The Handyguys love their low voltage systems. Watch the video to find out what is important in deck lighting.

    • 11 min
    • video
    How to clean out a Garage

    How to clean out a Garage

    Below is an article from our friends at Zillow. We know all our fans expect to see video with each post so The Handyguys decided to make a video showing some before and after of our messy, then clean (sort of), garages. Check out the article below and enjoy the video.



    Tips for Cleaning Out a Garage

    By Tali Wee of Zillow

    Part of being a responsible homeowner is making the necessary improvements to keep the property safe. Organizing and cleaning out cluttered garages tend to be one improvement that homeowners delay to correct.

    The thought of sorting through the boxes and piles can be overwhelming. But a cleaned garage brings satisfaction each time the homeowner pulls out a bike, locates a tool or accesses the water toys. The cleaned spaces also offer homeowners peace of mind knowing their garages aren’t havens for vermin, fire hazards, impassible escape routes or black holes for stored goods.

    To find motivation to clean out the garage, think back to the days of searching for a home. Recall desiring a large garage to store goods, park cars and even act as an in-home workshop? Once homeowners feel inspired to bring their garages back to working condition, they can follow these six basic steps to make the process simple and successful.

    1. Prepare

    Before the big day of de-cluttering, organizing and cleaning, homeowners should gather the necessary supplies to make the process easier. Grab several large trash bags, empty storage containers, labels or tape and markers, newspaper for packing and fabric softener sheets for fresh scents. Don’t forget the cleaning supplies needed such as a broom, dustpan, cleaning solution and paper towels. Consider a radio or boom box to keep participants motivated with cheerful music. Lastly, have a large bottle of water for each person contributing. All the hard work leads to thirst, and leaving the garage for multiple water breaks halts momentum.

    2. Commit to a Plan

    The most efficient method of organizing the garage is to move items just once. Agree on a final layout of the space before starting. Choose a home for the tools, an area for the camping gear, skiing gear, holiday decorations and automotive supplies. That way, as the organizing commences, these items can be moved into a pile in their designated areas, eliminating multiple moves. Some garages are so full that the cleaners must move items to the lawn to get organized before moving back in. If possible, try to avoid the unnecessary moves by committing to a layout before launching the organizing process. Sketching out the desired final space can help keep homeowners on track.

    3. Begin Sorting

    Check the time and be sure to factor in a lunch break to avoid feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. Set up a trashcan, recycle bin and a box for charity. Start somewhere that feels right. Place the items in a pile in their designated new locations or in the proper receptacle. Don’t worry about putting the items away yet, just work on sorting through all the items and create sensible piles. In this stage, the garage may seem messier before it appears more organized. Stick with the program until everything is sorted properly.

    4. Organize and Label

    Next, begin organizing the piles. Pull out the storage containers and begin packing them carefully with sensible items. For instance, all the exterior holiday lights should be packed in one container, with each spool separated by a page of newspaper to avoid tangling. Then label the container “Exterior Holiday Lights” and stack it in its new home. Follow the same steps for the interior lights and fragile decorations. Pack gloves, scarves and extra blankets in a container with a fabric softener sheet to keep them smelling fresh and be sure to label the boxes or bins clearly. Put away tools in their designated locations, hang bicycles and organize paint cans.

    • 3 min
    • video
    What bits for Makita Impact Drivers

    What bits for Makita Impact Drivers

    Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by Makita, but all opinions are The Handyguys. Please see below for additional disclosure.

    Impact Drivers

    Impact Drivers are very cool tools. They are perfect for driving screws, a lot of screws. You can also use them for driving lag bolts, tightening or loosening nuts and other jobs around the house.





    Makita was gracious enough to send us an Impact Driver along with their new Impact Gold bit sets to try. One of the issues with impact drivers has been the availability of good bits. In the early days of impact drivers we ran the risk of breaking bits and ruining sockets. Now we have bits and sockets that are made for Makita Impact Driver and will last much longer. Another nice feature of the Impact Gold bits is the included magnetic bit holder. It makes working in tight spaces or odd angles easy.

    Make sure you watch the video for more of our impressions.



    Details from Makita



    Makita Industrial Power Tools, the innovation leader, is teaming up with the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Impact GOLD™ is the latest in a long line of industry leading technology Makita brings to over 2,000 The Home Depot stores.



    * Makita Impact GOLD™is new innovation in fastening with a full line of insert bits, bit holders, nutsetters, socket adapters and more.

    * Impact GOLD™ is designed for use with high-torque impact drivers, with high-quality steal engineered for longer life, and a precision-fit tip engineered to prevent “cam-out” and stripping.

    * The Impact GOLD™ Ultra-Magnetic Insert Bit Holder and bits feature Xtreme Torsion Technology, which allows the torsion section of the bit and bit holder to flex under load and take pressure off of the bit tip for increased durability in high torque applications.

    * The two-piece design of the Ultra-Magnetic Insert Bit Holder is engineered to allow the torsion technology to fully activate.

    • 9 min
    • video
    What is the Best Dishwasher Detergent video

    What is the Best Dishwasher Detergent video

    In this video the Handyguys discuss dishwasher detergent and why dishes often don’t get clean. We have received a lot of feedback on our video about fixing a dishwasher that wont clean dishes and for many (too many) people the issue is a poor design of the dishwasher. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that most dishwasher detergents have removed phosphates. Phosphate is a key ingredient in cleaners like dishwashing detergent, laundry soap, shampoo, household cleaners and deck washes. Phosphorus (P) is also a key ingredient in fertilizer, stimulating root growth and promoting plant vigor. Phosphorus is a naturally occurring element and is mined from the ground for commercial uses, its also found in our body, bones, tissue and in our bodily waste.



    Environmental issues with Dishwasher Detergent

    The primary reason phosphates were removed  is environmental. If too much phosphate gets into streams, ponds, lakes, etc it promotes the growth of algae and other plants (remember, it’s a fertilizer too). Too much plant growth means less room in the waterway for fish. The fish populations become unhealthy and decline. (of course we are simplifying here). Another reason is money. In places where waste water is treated (you are on a city sewer) the process for elimination of phosphates costs money.

    Unfortunately for most people the trade-off of phosphate free dishwasher detergent is dirty dishes. In our opinion, poor performing detergent causes people to cycle our dishwasher twice or clean our dishes in the sink before washing them in the dishwasher. Far too many people have opted to purchase a “new and improved” dishwasher thinking theirs was broken. What was broken was the detergent.

    Adding to the problem is newer dishwashers are less effective at washing. In the quest for more efficiency, dishwashers use less water. Less water means less rinsing and less rinsing means you need better, not worse detergents. It’s a double whammy! Poor performing detergent and appliances lead to unhappy consumers.

    Dishwasher Detergent Options

    So what can you do?

    The Handyguys have tried many different detergents. We have researched home-brew detergents and evaluated different brands. What we have found is you CAN still find dishwashing detergent with Phosphates. It just wont be at your local supermarket. You need to get it from restaurant suppliers or online. Here is a link to Amazon where you can get it online

    Cascade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent 85-oz. Box, 6/Carton

    For a detergent without phosphates, we recommend Finish Powerball Tabs. Finish tabs seemed to do a better job than most phosphate free detergents. Several of our listeners were hesitant to switch from their favored powder brand, but once they moved to Finish Tabs, their washes came out cleaner.

    • 7 min
    • video
    Electric Dog Fence DIY 5 Steps Video

    Electric Dog Fence DIY 5 Steps Video

    Installing an underground electric dog fence is a great 5 step DIY project to protect your pet.



    5 Steps to installing an electric dog fence



    * Determine what kit to buy

    * Determine the area you want to confine your pet to

    * Install the hidden cable

    * Install the transmitter

    * Train the dog



    When selecting your electric dog fence kit there are a few things to consider: the size of the area to contain the pet, the size of the pets collar, the number of pets you have and if your pet is stubborn or not.

     

    The hardest part of an invisible fence is training your dog. Training can take several weeks. The installation kits come with suggestions for how to train your dog. You can also watch a training video manual on Youtube. Make sure you follow the steps and take your time with the training. You don’t want your investment of time and money in the system to be wasted because you didn’t properly train your dog.

    Handyguy Brian’s eight year old beagle loves to chase deere, rabbits and groundhogs in the fields behind his house. Beagles are smart dogs but can be stubborn, thick-headed and obstinate.  The training took a week or two longer than described in the instructions but the dog now obeys the boundaries and will not leave the yard to chase the wildlife behind the house.

    • 15 min
    • video
    Water Heater Maintenance Video

    Water Heater Maintenance Video

    This video outlines a key component to water heater maintenance that is often overlooked, the expansion tank.



    What does the expansion tank do?

    The expansion tank will allow expanding water (water expands when it heats) a place to go.

    Do you need one?

    You need an expansion tank if you are on a water system with a back-flow preventer (a one way valve). If you are on city water and do not have a back-flow preventer you probably do not need an expansion tank. The city water system can absorb the expansion. Same with a well system.

    Water Heater Maintenance on your expansion tank

    Your expansion tank will have an outlet to connect up a pressure gauge. You can test the pressure at this port. It should match what your water pressure is set for. Watch the video for more details.

    What problems you may have when your expansion tank fails?

    If the expanding water has no place to go it could leak out of your system through the T&P valve.. If you expansion tank fails you can have leaks from the T&P relief valve, drippy faucets and faucet washers that wear out faster.

    • 7 min

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