Have you ever heard the saying, “I’m too poor to buy the cheapest things?”
I really like that saying. I’m not sure who said it but it often makes sense. If you think about it buying the cheapest thing often means having to replace it many times over making it more expensive in the long run. Except when it comes to this tool: A pressure washer.
Pressure cleaners are tools that have a motor powering a pump to push water through a nozzle creating a high pressure jet wash. The cost of a washer is determined by the quality of the motor and pump that’s it. And electric motors and accompanying pumps have become so affordable for high quality that you can get them (good ones) for cheap. So lets look at respectively affordable electric and gas power washers. By respectable I mean under $250 more a machine that a few years ago could only be afforded by professionals. We’ll look at Karcher and Generac brand.
Generac power cleaners are gas powered and offer the best residential cleaners for the price. They use Generac engines and pumps to ensure the quality is guaranteed in-house. What makes them so good yet affordable is the Generac brand engine. It is OHV and reliable. Generac is known for their generators and the power washers play off of the expertise they gained making those engines. For $250 you can get a Generac washer that can do any job around your home.
Karcher pressure cleaners are electric powered and are some of the most trusted electric washers on the market. The man who started Karcher actually invented the pressure washer and started his company to sell them. So they technically have the most experience with making them.
So what can you do with one?
Any cleaning you would have done with a garden hose or by scrubbing by hand can be done with a power washer. Think cleaning your car, cleaning out your gutters, your boat, your driveway, your back patio, your hot tub or pool and many more.
For only $100 to $250 you could increase the curb appeal of your home and increase the value by $10,000 in one day with a cleaner.
I’ve written many posts about heart rate monitors being useful for getting in shape. And I continue to use one several times a week when weightlifting, walking or sprinting, but yet again I find myself wanting to explain just how good they are and how useful they can be to your motivation for exercising as well as increasing the quality of your actual exercise.
Quick story to illustrate a point:
I read a guide the other day on how to stop your iPhone battery draining fast. It was useful and includes 8 things to look for to increase your battery life. You know how you have that little picture of a battery at the top right to illustrate how much is left? And you can set it up so that you either just see the battery or you can also see the percentage left?
Yeah, well step 6 in the guide is to turn off battery percentage. And it makes sense. People that have percentage on often check their percentage level more often – thereby turning their phone on more and decreasing battery life. Well, I think a heart rate monitor has the same sort of effect on exercise and fitness. If you have the monitor (analogous to having the percentage turned on) you are more likely to know the intensity of your exercise and train smarter.
I’ll walk you through what I mean. First off, there are different types of heart rate monitors for different types of exercise. We’ll use the example of someone who runs or jogs. If you have a routine to job 3 times per week each time you cover 5km. Well it makes sense then that after a few months of doing this your time to run 5km will go down right? Of course. But if you continue to just run 5km in 30mins each time you’re not really doing anything for your fitness. Yeah, you’re burning calories but eventually your heart rate will not be elevated much because your body is efficient at doing this movement.
So how does a heart rate monitor help? With the heart rate numbers displayed on your watch you will know exactly how hard your body is working. So instead of just running 5k in 30 minutes your goal will be to stain within a certain heart rate zone. That’s really all there is to it. The same thing would be to increase your pace but HR is more accurate because wind speed, temperature how you’re feeling all effect you and pace is far too macro to be the gauge of choice.
What is the thing you most despise doing at home. Is it cleaning? It’s cleaning isn’t it? For me it is cleaning. The toilets, the shower – whatever – I hate it. And then I found what might just be the most useful robot ever. A robot vacuum.
Check out how it works in this video:
Whoever invented that deserves an award. Anyways, just thought I’d share it since I just found out it existed.
Sick of wasting time cooking? I know I know we all love good food. But does it need to take 2 hours of preparation and 2 hours of cooking? With a great little kitchen cooking appliance you can make Thanksgiving good meals every day. And it will only take you 15 minutes to prepare. Let me tell you how.
Well, with a slow cooker. The slow cooker options on offer are less than $70 and will save you 30 minutes (at least) everyday and you’ll get better meals.
Just check out this meal by Jamie Oliver:
Looks pretty easy, hey? And good.
There’s hundreds of free slow cooking recipes out there. Just pick one and head to the shops get the ingredients come home chuck it all in and you’re done.
Think about the time you’ll save. And the weight you’ll lose from avoiding crap fast food.
A cool tool to help keep your basement dry the next storm is a sump pump. Imagine next time the sump starts filling up and you get worried about your basement furniture/carpet getting all wet, well now, with a sump pump you can just sit back and relax… Because with its float switch it’ll just turn on when the water level in the sump is getting too high. But depending on the size and type of your sump you’ll want a certain kind of pump. Let me tell you how to know which to get.
Knowing how to choose your sump pump means not wasting money on the wrong one. The most known one is a submersible style. It sits in your sump and turns on when the water level gets too high. Being under water it is harder to maintain than a pedestal style one which sits above the water. And if the flooding will cause damage you’ll need a backup sump pump that runs off battery.
For more information on how to choose your sump pump you can get information from diySumpPumps.com. It has a comparison chart that shows price, pic and more…
One of the coolest marvels of modern technology is the ability to generate electricity wherever you are. The most notable way to do this is with a portable generator. A portable genset uses an engine to turn a rotor in a stator to generate electricity in a circuit for you to use. Nowadays, portable generators can be bought for a few hundred dollars all the way up to thousands – depending on the power you want.
If you go camping and require a generator for lights, a small fridge and maybe some power for an electric blanket, you’ll need to learn how to choose your portable generator style because you’ll want one thats best on fuel, is not loud and is very portable.
If you just want one that will provide your home with power in a time of emergency, you’ll want a home style. These are less expensive and are a little louder than the inverter style ones I recommend for camping.
All in all if you’re in the market for a nifty way to get portable electricity go and check out this website: Top Generator Reviews