Our old vacuum was on its last legs – a canister type Kenmore, and after hearing from so many people how much they loved their Dyson’s, we bought one. Crazy expensive they are – the model we purchased was $550.
In the 3 months that we’ve had it, it’s been a frustrating machine to use – the power head keeps stopping, and with a couple hairy pets, the canister seems to fill up in no time at all.
The power cord is only about 15 feet long, so in our average sized 1950′s era home, we have to unplug, and plug it in 3 times to complete the main floor.
There is an assortment of attachments for the vacuum, but unfortunately, none are attached to the vacuum – we keep them all in a rubbermaid that is stored in a closet.
So, after 3 months of frustration, I decided to buy a new vacuum – this time it was a Hoover WindTunnel model – it was on sale at London Drugs for $130. This one has a 25′ cord, so only have to move the plugin twice to complete the main floor. It came with a couple attachments, that clip right to the upright vacuum, so they are always handy. The power head hasn’t stopped once yet – and the canister is at least twice as large, which is great!
The Hoover is a little bit noiser, and weighs a couple pounds more – but I think the pro’s far outweigh these cons – and the price is 1/4 the cost of the Dyson!
The rear doors on the Jeep were getting pretty stiff and not closing properly, due to deteriorating factory hinge bushings.
Found a company in Canada called TMR Customs that machines delrin bushings for the JK for $50 (for a 4 door JK). They showed up today, and I was anxious to get them installed.
Last weekend I took the doors off for the first time ever (abt 5years), and they were a bear to remove. I ended up using a floor jack to lift the doors out of the hinges. While the doors were off, I removed the hinges from the doors, sanded the bubbling factory paint off them, and then repainted using bed-liner. Looks pretty good I think. Just have to do the bottom half of the hinges next, but that might have to wait til next spring
Anyway, this time, the doors were much easier to remove – I was able to just lift the doors off without having to resort to the floor jack
I drilled out the old metal shims and plastic bushings that were jamming up the doors with a 1/2″ drill bit, cleaned up the pins and hinges, and the new bushings pressed into place nicely.
The doors dropped back in nice and smooth, and the doors are working better than ever!
Well, after almost 5 years, the tires that came with my Jeep have been replaced, and along with the new (to me) rubber, I replaced the alloy rims with a set of Pro Comp steel ones – and I’m no longer using the TPMS valve stems that were in the factory rims.
I think TPMS is a pretty nice feature – however, in the Jeep Wrangler, I think the implementation is pretty flawed.
- Only a light saying pressure is low – but no indication of which tire is low. I had a 2005 Jeep Liberty with TPMS, and it told you which tire was low.
- Aluminum valve stems that cannot be replaced without replacing the entire TPMS assembly in the tire. I had one assembly replaced because the stem had corroded to the point where there were only a couple threads of the needle valve keeping air in – the rest of the needle valve was exposed. Not a comfortable situation to find yourself in when you’re planning a road trip.
Here’s a shot of one of the tires with the new wheels. The new tires are the same as original equipment tires – 32″ BFG MT’s. The new steel wheels are Pro Comp Rock Crawler Series 98 rims in flat black. I also got wheel caps and new lug nuts, in chrome (the shop didn’t have any black ones in stock). I think they look pretty good!
I’ve had a fairly large collection of vinyl that has been sitting in cardboard boxes for quite some time. Decided to dust off the collection and build some better storage for it. Researched on-line and found some excellent plans from the Audiokarma forum.
The casters I used are urethane wheels with precision ball bearings, rated for 275lbs. Perhaps a little overkill, but they work great!
I used 3/4″ oak veneer plywood for the cabinet, and stained it with a combination stain/poly.
Pretty pleased with the results – will have to build another one to hold the rest of my collection!
Holds about 400 albums
I finally picked up an Aerobie Aeropress coffee maker today from St. City Roasters.
I’ve been wanting something to make a single cup of coffee for a while… I’m finding that with the heat lately, I haven’t always been finishing the coffee I make in the morning… and it doesn’t feel right dumping coffee down the drain.
Anyway, I tried it out this evening for the first time… putting a couple spoonfuls of fresh ground Organic Timor Maubesse beans into the coffee maker. I boiled up some water, then waited a couple minutes for the temperature to drop down a bit. Poured a little in to moisten the grounds as recommended, then poured in the rest and gave it the 10 second stir before putting in the plunger and pressing out a mug full of coffee.
The results were VERY pleasing It was an excellent cup of coffee, and unlike my normal coffee from my Starbucks Grande Barista coffee maker, there was no coffee silt at the bottom of the mug. The coffee was very rich in flavour, no bitterness whatsoever. Absolutely delicious !
I ended up picking up another one for the office… and there will likely be more than one purchased as Christmas gifts for a few relatives that I know enjoy a good cup of coffee. Will also be awesome when away camping or fishing!
Well, just in case anyone is wondering why the heck is this guy posting coffee stuff… my enjoyment of coffee has been rekindled. I finally got totally pissed off at the lukewarm toiletwater that our old Braun coffee maker was producing. So, after some fairly extensive searching on Google, I found coffeegeek.com. I was looking for a replacement coffee maker that would meet 3 requirements:
- 10+ cups
- Thermal carafe
- Proper brewing temperature
I found a number of posts about the Starbucks coffee makers on coffeegeek.com, and a couple other review sites. No really adverse opinions, and in general, a good solid machine that met the three requirements, and I could actually go to a store and see one. So, popped into a Starbucks and they happened to have a deal on a Barista Aroma Grande coffeemaker.
I’ve known that freshly ground coffee was the best, and learnt that those little blade grinders are not the ideal – and discovered a great deal at Superstore for a little ceramic burr grinder for only $30. Picked it up and went by St. City Roasters for some more beans to test out the new little grinder.
After a month or so, I’ve put about 5lbs of coffee through the grinder and coffeemaker, and have been very pleased pot after pot. I had to pick up Thermos to empty the carafe into in the morning, so that I could enjoy the excellent coffee at work instead of wasting anything from my morning pot.