Product Reviews

Black & Decker CS1030L 7 1/4 Inch Laser Circular Saw

Black and Decker has been a household name for many years. Their dependable products have been a staple for both the professionals and the weekend home repair novice.

The Black & Decker CS1030L circular saw has a 13 amp motor that can provide you with all the power you need for any job around the home. The 5,000 rpm’s will quickly cut through any kind of wood that you’re working with and perform crosscuts with ease.

This inexpensive circular saw comes with a priceless feature, a built in laser sight line! If you’ve ever tried to find and follow a thin pencil line that you’ve marked your measurements with, you will greatly appreciate this added feature.

Cutting in the wrong place or making a crooked cut can cost you lots of money if your boards are ruined. It can also be pretty aggravating when you’re trying to repair a uneven cut, or make it fit instead of being out money replacing the board.

A thin line is really hard to see and almost impossible to see when you’ve got saw dust flying every where. The laser will give you a perfectly straight, bright line that is easy to see and follow and will make achieving straight cuts a snap!

This circular saw has a 90 degree capacity and will make fast, smooth cuts through wood or other materials up to 2 3/8 inches thick. And, with angled cuts at 45 degrees, the CS1030L will slice right through materials that are as much as 1 13/16 inches thick.

You’ll achieve perfect angled cuts with the bevel scale adjustment that goes from 0 up to 45. It also has a depth adjustment that is calibrated and quickly fine tunes the saw and locks securely into place.

Another great feature with the Black & Decker CS1030L are the soft comfortable hand grips. Both the front and rear handles are covered with soft grips that are ergonomically designed for the greatest of comfort.

The extra comfortable grips give you more control in stabilizing the saw and making those tricky vertical cuts. They will also help prevent the stress and strain on your hands that normally come with those long periods of cutting.

The CS1030L circular saw is a good sized saw for anyone to use with ease weighing in a just around eight pounds and measures at just around 15X11X8. It’s a lighter weight saw with the capabilities of a heavier saw that can tire you out much quicker.

The light weight makes this a really good circular saw for the many ladies that have began to do their own home repairs. Unlike heavier saws that are harder for women to control, this one shouldn’t be any problem.

The Black & Decker CS1030L comes with an 7 1/4″ 18T carbide “Piranha” blade and blade wrench for easy changing. But, you can purchase many different types of blades that are specifically made for cutting various materials.

One downside to this circular saw is the power cord. It’s just equipped with a six foot cord that makes using an extension cord a necessity for most jobs.

However, priced at around $55 the Black and Decker CS1030L is still a really good deal for most users. The 13amp motor and the laser sight line will prove invaluable and it also comes with a two year warranty.

Review of The First Alert Radon Detector Kit

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that can cause serious illness and death. The main sources of this extremely toxic gas in the home comes from the land and rock beneath your home. It also comes from well water and some building materials can contain radon.

Radon is estimated to contribute to up to 30,000 deaths each year from lung cancer. This invisible killer doesn’t produce any immediate symptoms, so there’s no warning of the damages it’s caused.

Testing your home for radon is a simple and fairly inexpensive process. Radon testing kits can be purchased at many hardware stores and they are usually less than $20.

The First Alert Radon Test Kit is a very good choice. First Alert has been a long time trusted manufacturer of fire alarms, so they have years of experience in keeping your family safe.

The test kit is very effective in detecting any radon in the building and is completely safe to use. And, the First Alert Radon Test Kit is listed in the proficiency program with the EPA.

Your kit will include everything you need to properly test your home for radon. The process will only take 2 - 3 days and you’ll know how safe the air your breathing in your house is.

For the most accurate results, the detector will come sealed inside a plastic package to prevent contamination. All you’ll need to do is to open the detector and place it in the area that you want to check for radon.

Follow the direction included with your radon testing kit to see how long you’ll need to leave it sitting undisturbed. It’s best if you can set the detector in the middle of the room or area that you wish to test.

Leave the detector undisturbed for 24-48 hours to complete the test. Follow the directions in the manual for the correct amount of time that the detector will need to get an accurate reading.

Once the time has elapsed all you’ll need to do is place the detector inside the mailing envelope supplied in the kit and place it in the mail box. The lab fees are included in the price of the kit and once they receive your detector you will get the results within 72 hours.

While many manufacturers of radon kits try to add on extra charges for lab fees and other items, First Alert is a one time cost. The purchase price includes everything you need, the results and you’ll even get the recommended actions to be taken if they test is positive!

Most homes don’t have any problems with radon gas, but testing your home is the only way to find out if there’s radon present in your home. One First Alert Radon kit will test 1000 square feet of open space, if you wish to test several areas of your home, you will need to purchase more than one.

The presence of radon in your home doesn’t mean that you need to move. There are ways of lowering and even eliminating the toxic gas from your house. The cost and method will depend on how the house was built and how serious the radon levels are.

One of the proven ways to reduce the radon levels, is with a vent and fan system. Vents are connected underneath the home and the fan pulls out air from under the floors. This keeps the radon in the dirt from seeping up into the home.

This system works without making any major changes to the building. The only needed repairs will be to seal any leaks and cracks that are under the floor and in the foundation.

McCulloch 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer Review

If you seem to always be doing a lot of cleaning around the exterior of your home, it may be wise to invest in an electric pressure washer. There are many jobs that an ordinary sprayer on a water hose just doesn’t provide enough power to clean and loosen the dirt.

An electric pressure washer can be used for so many jobs and it will save you lots of time. You can purchase many types of cleaners for specific jobs such as removing mildew from your siding, cleaning your driveway or your deck.

You can also use them to wash your car and easily apply liquid wax. Although, you can purchase the special cleaners for each project, with the power a pressure washer provides you will often be able to perform the job with just plain water!

The McCulloch 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer is a great size for any job that you’d have around your home weighing at around 32 pounds. But,with the built in handle and easy rolling wheels even a child will be able to easily move the machine where ever it needs to be used.

The 14amp electric motor will spray about 1 1/2 gallons of water per minute. This model has two tanks to hold the detergent or other cleaning supplies for various types of jobs. The double tanks means that you have to refill the solution less often and can save time doing the job.

It comes equipped with a 20′ high pressure hose that will give you lots of room to work without even moving the machine. The power cord is 35′ long, but you can add an extension cord to give you even more length. Together they provide around 50′ of space from an electrical outlet!

There are quick connect hook-ups for both the inlet and outlet water supply that make it ready to use in just minutes. The spray gun is adjustable so that you can customize the angle to cover a widespread area or tackle smaller jobs.

This McCulloch 1800 is also equipped with an automatic shut off for safety. There’s even a stand that holds the hose and spray gun when it’s not in use.

To make the pressure washer more convenient and versatile, you can purchase different accessory kits. You can buy kits that include brush attachments to clean really tough grease and grime.

Some kits will include various sizes and shapes of wand tips to allow you to completely control the flow of the water. And, wand extensions are also available for those hard to reach areas.

You can also purchase a gutter cleaning kit that has attachments to make the job easy. The angled wand tips can direct the water down into the gutter to keep them free of leaves and debris.

Another really great option with a pressure washer is that you can purchase a drain cleaning accessory. Made much like a drain snake, you just simply guide it into the drain and flush it out with the high powered pressure.

Owning a pressure washer can extend the life of many of the things that you own and return the cost within the first year. For instance, instead of spending thousands of dollars on new siding you can simply clean your existing siding and make it look like new.

You can even save money on costly automobile repairs by keeping the under carriage of your vehicles free of mud that will cause parts to rust.

The McCulloch 1800 PSI Electric Pressure Washer is priced under $175. Buying a pressure washer can turn out to be one of the best investments you’ve made for your home.

Review: Weed Eater 12-Inch 3.7-AMP Electric Trimmer

If you’ve ever tried to weed eat with a heavy gas powered weed eater, then you’ll love the lightweight Weed Eater 12-Inch 3.7-AMP Electric Trimmer! It’s easy to carry and very easy to use!

It may not be well suited for heavy duty weed eating, but this small weed eater has the power to cut through some pretty tough weeds. And,
may surprise you with the weeds it can handle.

If you have a small yard that requires minimal trimming this is a very good choice. You can quickly just plug it in and trim the weeds whenever you need to!

At just 6 pounds it’s a great weight for women and even elderly people to use to do their own trimming jobs! The small size let’s you do all of your trimming without the shoulder, back, arm and hand fatigue!

Besides it’s lightweight, the small size makes it easy to maneuver in between yard decorations, trees or fencing. The body measures at just around 12 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches making it a great size for ease of use!

The 3.7 amp motor gives you the power you need to keep your yard neat and trim! It can keep your driveways, walkways and fence lines clear of weeds and is great to use around the perimeter of your home or garage.

The 12 inch cutting diameter gives you a good size coverage, but is small enough to use when weeding flower beds and other tight areas. You’ll be able to keep your shrubs and bushes weed free as well!

The handle is ergonomically designed to minimize pain in your hands from holding the weed eater too long. And, the handle is completely adjustable to set it at the right height for your height!

One of the best advantages of having an electric weed eater is that you won’t have to mess with smelly gasoline or worry about mixing 2 cycle oil to the exact mixture! And, you won’t have to wait until you run out to buy gas or oil to trim your yard.

Right out of the box assembly only takes a few minutes, anyone can have it up and running in no time! Once you’ve attached the handle all you’ll need to do is plug it in and start weed eating!

It takes .065 size weed eater string, but for convenience you can purchase spools that are already loaded with the string. All you’ll need to do is snap off the old one and snap the new one into place.

The springs that hold the string spool in place are a little tight and take some work to remove. But, this is for safety so that the spool won’t fly off and injure someone.

There is an attached debris shield that will help keep the weeds from flying all over the place. But, when using any power tool you should always wear safety goggles as an added precaution.

Another advantage to the Weed Eater 12-Inch 3.7-AMP Electric Trimmer’s small size is that it’s easily stored almost anywhere! It can be stored in a closet or any area and takes up very little space.

It has a bumping feed that makes it easy to let out more string when ever it gets too short and you need more. All you’ll have to do is bump it on the ground and the string will automatically feed out.

It can be used to trim any area of your yard with the addition of a extension cord. It even comes equipped with an extension cord retainer to help keep it under control!

The Weed Eater 12-Inch 3.7-AMP Electric Trimmer is covered by a 2 year limited warranty. This trimmer does a really good job for it’s lightweight and size and is priced very low!

Have You Tried Jig-A-Loo?

Yeah, it’s definitely a weird name. When my wife asked me what it was for I quickly read the label and mentioned one of its many uses. Why I chose to tell her it a water proof lubricant I will never know. In any event I had to quickly explain it was not some adult product but rather a lubrication to use around the house with hundreds of uses…. (more…)