Choosing the Right LED Bulbs

By |March 21st, 2014|DIY|6 Comments

One of the reasons I enjoy doing DIY projects is because I love saving money. But not all DIY projects are created equal — and the least equal is replacing light bulbs. I hate replacing light bulbs. I feel very little satisfaction after doing it, and I often put if off until enough bulbs in a room have burned out that it makes my wife pester me nicely remind me to get it done. I’d seriously rather replace a toilet than replace a light [...]

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    Install, Check, Replace Your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors… Right Now!

Install, Check, Replace Your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors… Right Now!

By |March 16th, 2014|DIY|3 Comments

I’d been planning to write a post about carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for some time now, ever since I installed one not long ago while replacing my first water heater here at the house. I wasn’t in any rush. I’d get around to it eventually.

But a pair of recent and shockingly sad occurrences have forced this project to the top of my DIY list — and to the top of my “must blog about this now” list.

The first story was reported in the February 25, [...]

Video: Top Glock Upgrades to “Rock your Glock!”

Glock’s marketing tagline is “Perfection,” but that doesn’t prevent many of us from wanting a little something extra from these popular striker-fired pistols. This article will include links to my YouTube video series on Glock Upgrades.

My general philosophy around any firearms modification is that in order to truly be considered an “upgrade,” the modification must improve the functionality of the weapon for how you use it. That means that depending on the owner and the gun’s purpose (competition, home defense, carry, etc.), one man’s [...]

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    How to Fix a Whirlpool & KitchenAid W10219463 / 2307028 Control Board for $6

How to Fix a Whirlpool & KitchenAid W10219463 / 2307028 Control Board for $6

By |March 6th, 2014|DIY|22 Comments

In 2007, I purchased a brand new, stainless steel, side-by-side KitchenAid refrigerator for the Utah house. It worked great for almost 7 years, until two months ago… when I noticed a small puddle of water coming from under the fridge. Upon further investigation, I also noticed that the unit wasn’t able to keep the freezer below 0° F or the fridge below 38° F, and and that the metal divider between the fridge and freezer (which is called a mullion strip) was warm enough to make [...]

How to Field Strip a Ruger LCR .38 Special

By |March 4th, 2014|Guns, Reference|0 Comments

Shh… I borrowed my wife’s Ruger LCR to shoot this video. Don’t tell her!

And apologies for the slightly blurry video. I touched the lens after cleaning and lubing a gun, and still had some FrogLube on my hands!

How to Get HDTV Local Channels “Off Air” with DirecTV

If you’re a DirecTV customer, and you want to watch your local channels and get shows from the “big” networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, then there’s a good chance you’re coughing up extra money for their local channels.

Or maybe, you like to take your DirecTV receiver on the road in an RV or trailer, and you’d like to watch the local channels in the area you’re visiting.

Or maybe (and this one is completely hypothetical) you own a vacation home in a state [...]

Review: Google Fiber Provo Install

Among hard-core geeks, the speed of your Internet connection is a source of pride. Back in 1996 when I moved to the Seattle area, I paid a couple thousand dollars a month for a frame-relay full T1 connection to my house, giving me a 1.4 Megabits per second (Mbps) connection. The only other alternative at the time was dial-up or ISDN (which is still basically dial-up, just faster), and since I was running my business from home, I needed a fast connection.

Residential Internet access [...]

How to Field Strip a Walther PPK .380ACP

By |March 1st, 2014|Guns, Reference|0 Comments

Everybody knows that James Bond doesn’t field strip his own Walther PPK… he leaves that kind of rubbish to the crew at Q Branch. But now YOU can field strip your Walther PPK, so it will always be ready for whatever secret agent adventures you’re planning.

How to Field Strip a Desert Eagle .50

By |March 1st, 2014|Guns, Reference|0 Comments

If you’re ever lucky enough to get your hands on a bad boy like the Desert Eagle .50, then you better figure out how to take care of it. This field stripping video will walk you through it.

How to Field Strip a Walther PPQ

By |March 1st, 2014|Guns, Reference|0 Comments

If you know how to field strip a Glock, then you already know how to field strip a Walther PPQ. But that shouldn’t stop you from watching this awesome video anyway!