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Around The House

Reviews, relishing, rants and raves about stuff around the house.

Reel Mower ($84) ??

Reel mowers like this one go for $100 or less and are light, small, noise-free and non-polluting.  I love it.  I keep it hanging on the wall and when it got a bit dull and rusty, sharpening it was a 20-minute $7 chore (instructions.)  I had the $175 big brother, but at 50lbs it was annoyingly heavy.

Voltmeter ($10) ??

Voltmeters like this one are only $10-$20 and are invaluable for diagnosing electric problems, even for novices.

Infrared Thermometer ($10) ??

I use mine all the time for measuring drafts, windows, cooking oil, AC vents and more.

Sprinkler: Oscillating ($20) ??- Ring ($3) ??

My lawn is so small that I actually spent an entire summer just spraying my lawn with a hose in the mornings before I got a sprinkler.  I opted for a $3 ring sprinkler at first which was useless, because without any moving parts it just created puddles.  I replaced that with this great oscillating sprinkler, which is very adjustable and thus great for my tiny yard.

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray ($10) ??

This is one of several essentials for marital bliss.

Ceiling Mount Ventilator Fan ($150) ??

I replaced an old, low flow, loud ceiling fan with the far superior Panasonic WhisperFit® EZ ceiling mount fan.  It is a serious bit of engineering that was relatively complicated to install, giving me confidence that it would be quiet, which was later confirmed.  It produces 50% more flow than the fan I replaced and is so quiet that I can barely hear it from outside the bathroom.