Monroe Safety Triangle™: What my worn shocks did to my car.

I’m writing this as I prepare for another weekend of camping with my family—this time we’ll be tent camping at the Boy Scout camp, so no popup camper. As my kids would say: “Awww frowny face emoji.” But, we’ll still be loading up the van with enough stuff to eat, sleep and entertain the six … Continue Reading


FISKARS Gardening & Yard Care Tools

I’ve spent 3 years taming the overgrown, neglected 2-acre lot that came with my house using Fiskars (pronounced “Fis-Cars”) machetes and loppers. I’m a damn pro. I can dismantle saplings and vines before you can say “Jack Robinson”. I don’t even bother with a shovel for roots and junk either. I either use billhooks and axes and go to … Continue Reading


Buying Your Kid’s First Car

I always love getting into those “first car” conversations with people. “I had a 67 blah-blah-blah with a 289 and three-on-the-tree…” or “It was a little red convertible with daisy floor mats and a Roxy sticker on the window…” And then they usually follow that with: the year they got it how much they paid … Continue Reading


Back-to-School Tool Guide

Here at dadand HQ the school supply lists are starting to trickle in. That got us thinking that we should make some kind of list of cool non-essential-but-cool-to-have school tools. Now you might be saying to yourself, “But you’re tool guys, why are you doing back to school stuff?” Well, for one, tools are tools. Tools … Continue Reading


Tips for Towing a Camper

Some of you might know I rehabbed a little popup camper. I got it for a song. Well, not literally, but if it was a song it might be this one. That song would probably have scared the previous owner into just giving it to me. Anyway, I got it cheap. It was a gamble … Continue Reading

2016 Father's Day gift Guide from Dad blog

2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for Dad

It was the summer of 1985. I was working with my dad to enclose our porch and make a “Florida Room” as they call it here. I learned to properly use a hammer and what a king stud is. It was glorious. Probably the only time we did something like that together. On the last … Continue Reading


3 cool products for new parents

I’m about to become a new dad. I guess I should say a “fresh” dad, because I’m already a dad, but I’m becoming a new dad, for the third time. And man has technology changed. In my searches over the past few months I’ve found 3 things that I’ve fallen in love with, so I … Continue Reading


A Minivan: Why I Traded Up.

Ugh. I never thought I’d be writing this post just like I never thought I’d drive a minivan. Allow me to admit…no…declare…that our main family vehicle is a minivan. I think Pete once called minivans “the sweatpants of the car world.” Well, I’m wearin’ sweatpants. For those of you calling for my man card, just … Continue Reading


Painting an Accent Wall with Zero VOC Paint

I like the smell of gasoline. And bondo. And fiberglass resin. Also oil. There’s probably more toxic substances that I enjoy smelling, but I can’t recall right now. Maybe my short-term memory has been affected. My better half doesn’t like any of those smells. It’s probably because she knows about VOCs. That’s “volatile organic compounds” … Continue Reading

Kobalt 24V MAX brushless cordless power tools

Kobalt 24v Max Brushless Cordless Power Tools

This is getting ridiculous. We keep writing about Kobalt tools. This time it’s because we went to Las Vegas to cover the product launch event for the new line of Kobalt 24-volt Brushless Tools. If we had to describe them in one word, it would be “DOPE”! Let’s talk about the tools. Kobalt has created a … Continue Reading

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