Could this be the most amazing “lumberjack” ever?

Our family cut and burned a lot of firewood when I was growing up, and I still burn wood in my fireplace today. I enjoy cutting my own wood now that we have chainsaws, but it’s still a lot of work.

I just ran across a short video demonstration of an amazing “mechanical lumberjack” that would surely make cutting firewood SO much easier.

But I have a feeling that cutting firewood isn’t what this machine was designed for since it automatically cuts the logs into “lumber” lengths.

Check out the video and see what you think: [Continue Reading]

How to repair your damaged windshield for about $10

rainx-windshield-repair-kitA few years back I was following a truck down the interstate when it kicked up a gravel and threw it into my windshield. I heard a loud pop, and sure enough the impact took a nickel-sized chip of glass out of the driver’s side of the windshield.

As you might expect, that little gravel ended up ruining my entire day! I knew I had to have the chip repaired before cracks could start spreading or I’d eventually have to replace the entire windshield – which would cost an arm and a leg!

It ended up costing me almost $100 to have that chipped windshield repaired, but I have since learned that I could have easily repaired it myself for just a few bucks with an inexpensive windshield repair kit. [Continue Reading]

Do you ever feel crowded by your shower curtain? Read this!

curvitDo you ever find yourself wishing that your shower was just a little wider?

I do, and I often fiddle around with the shower curtain trying to get it to “pooch out” in order to create a little more space inside the tub.

Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t like having the shower curtain touching my skin while I’m taking a shower, and it seems like my body is a magnet that draws the shower curtain right to it!

I guess a “touchy” shower curtain is really no big deal, but it’s pretty annoying nonetheless.

Well, I just found the perfect answer to this irritating problem. It’s a nifty little device called the Curvit Simple Curved Shower Rod[Continue Reading]

Review: Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc Chain Saw

poulan-pro-pp5020av-chainsawI ended up cutting about three cords of firewood this summer for use in my fireplace insert, and I cut every stick of it with my 9 year old 14″ Homelite chainsaw.

That old saw sure has served me well over the years, but unfortunately it’s just about worn out.

I’ve been looking for a good replacement saw for a while now, and as luck would have it the UPS man pulled into my driveway a couple of days ago with a brand spanking new Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc chain saw for me to test and review. [Continue Reading]

Video: “Four hands – One Guitar”

guitarSome of my favorite childhood memories are of the times when we would all gather around and listen to my dad play his guitar. He loved to pick, and he was quite good at it.

Dad passed on 15 years ago, but I still love hearing a great acoustic guitar solo.

I found this video featuring some great guitar pickin’, but I don’t know if I can actually call it a “solo”. Check it out below and you’ll see what I mean… [Continue Reading]

Review: Ampro T45870 1/2-Inch Drive Color Coded Socket/Ratchet Set

ampro-t45870-socket-ratchet-set-smallA while back I found myself in need of a 1/2 inch drive socket/ratchet set, so I logged onto Amazon to see what I could find.

After scoping out the various options I decided to give the Ampro T45870 1/2-Inch Drive Color Coded Socket Set a try, and it turned out to be a very wise decision. [Continue Reading]

How to save big by doing your own oil changes

oil-changeIf you’re like me, you probably try to save money whenever you can by doing your own simple repairs and maintenance. Most common tasks are relatively simple as long as you have a decent guide to follow.

One of the simplest maintenance tasks you can perform on your vehicle is a standard oil change.

You can easily save 50% or more by purchasing the oil and oil filter at Walmart or your local auto parts store, then performing a DIY oil change on your vehicle.  The entire process shouldn’t take more that 30 minutes! [Continue Reading]

Do you remember when…?

Sapling Mountain Rd at Chapel Hill Rd, Madison County NC

Do you remember when…?

  • a bottle of pop cost just a nickle?
  • you bought a bottle of pop by inserting a nickle into a pop machine, then pulling the bottle out of its slot by the neck?
  • you could buy loose candy at the price of three pieces for a penny – and a dime’s worth of candy would fill a decent-size paper bag? 

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