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Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 – Giveaway

Adobe thinks you’re awesome. And so do we. So awesome in fact, that one of you deserves a brand-spankin’ new box (ahem, perhaps…download) full of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 greatness. Yup. Be almost the first person on the block to apply over 50 new effects, create a slideshow with music or get all matchy-matchy with … Continue Reading

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Photoshop Elements vs. Lightroom

So you got your DSLR kit from the giant bulk-warehouse-club-store-thing. The one with all the lenses and attachments and memory cards and a case and a strap. And some little brush thing that you’re not sure what it’s for. And you certainly aren’t reading the manual for that. Anyway, fast-forward a few months, maybe a … Continue Reading

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How to Refinish/Waterproof your Deck

Come on, today’s the day. Get your sorry butt outside and waterproof that deck. Refinishing a deck is one of the most gratifying ways to spend a Saturday. Using the right cleaners and waterproofers you can take that deck from Sahara to Sa-weet in a single day. This is what I’m dealing with. It’s been a year or two since my deck … Continue Reading

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The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000 Projector

You can’t convince me that when the phrase “home projector” comes to mind, you don’t immediately jump to thinking how great Back To The Future will look displayed on a 12-foot wall of your home, or an outdoor movie night, but when Epson asked me to figure out an interesting way to use its Epson PowerLite Home … Continue Reading

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Outdoor Furniture Upkeep

As cheapskates, er, I mean, frugal people, we’re all about normal maintenance and upkeep on anything you can maintain. Lawnmowers, cars, HVAC, and… FURNITURE? That’s right, furniture. More specifically, outdoor furniture. Of course the reason we love maintaining outdoor furniture is BECAUSE we’re “frugal” and all you really ever SHOULD do with most wooden outdoor … Continue Reading

The TORO Recycler® with SmartStow™ Technology

The TORO Recycler® Lawnmower with SmartStow™ Technology

If garage space is always an issue for you, and having one of those outdoor sheds in the corner of your yard isn’t an option, let us introduce you to the The TORO Recycler® Lawnmower with SmartStow™ Technology. This mower showed up at the Dadand HQ and I immediately uncrated it and started mowing. I … Continue Reading

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The BUG-A-SALT Original Salt Gun Fly Swatter

Mouse traps. Cars. Phones. Someone’s always trying to make them better. And guess what… they DO. You know why? Because the technology moves us forward or else you’d have a horse and buggy in your garage. But the fly swatter is perfect as is, right? Psshhh, NO! A super-genius named Lorenzo (who would fit in perfectly … Continue Reading

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Installing a Legrand Plugmold Tough Power Strip

Anyone out there who has a workshop knows that whenever you’re working on a project with more than a couple tools you’re going to run out of places to plug in faster than the Die Hard franchise ran out of plot lines. I run out of places to plug in tools all the time, and … Continue Reading

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Kitchen Update – Tongue and Groove Ceiling

About 15 years ago, I completely rebuilt my kitchen from floor to ceiling. Well, here I am again—the only difference is that I can’t do it all at once. Taking this one in stages, with a schedule mostly determined by how much padding my wallet has. And, I seem to be doing this all backwards. … Continue Reading

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(Last-Minute) Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

All right ladies and kids, it’s time to cram. Father’s Day is looming and you’re running out of time. But he said, “Oh, honey you don’t have to get me anything,.” Ha, we all know that’s  a load of BS. What’s worse is the wide open “I’m sure I’ll like anything you get me” trap. … Continue Reading

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