Category Archives: How-to

Why are the flames on my range yellow?

Humidifier beside range

Last week I noticed that the flames on my LG gas range were more yellow than blue. Normally the flames are completely blue and clean-burning, so this concerned me. After a few phone calls, a utilities service visit and a bit of Google searching, I finally discovered the unexpected problem. Read More →

Alternative to the Griffin Twenty

Griffin 20 Alternative

Ever since I bought an Apple TV, I’ve been enjoying using Apple’s AirPlay feature to stream music wirelessly to my home theatre from my iPhone. However, for about a year now I’ve wished that I could AirPlay music to my kitchen, where my wife and I spend a lot of time cooking, cleaning and entertaining.

Enter the Griffin Twenty. Recently Griffin Technology released a device called the “Twenty”. In short, it is an amplifier that uses an Apple Airport Express and connected speakers to deliver the exact functionality that I was looking for. However, at $99 USD + shipping + the purchase of speakers and the Airport Express itself, this idea was getting a bit pricey.

So then I started getting creative and doing some research to see if there was a cheaper alternative to the Griffin Twenty. It turns out there is, and here’s the route I went:

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Why do Ikea screws always strip?

Pozidriv screw

Let’s face it, we’ve probably all put together way too much Ikea furniture in our lifetimes. Some of us may have even experienced the frustration of stripping screw after screw as we try to assemble the Swedish-named chairs, cabinets and desks, not to mention entire kitchens. Well I have great news for you! There is a secret to this screw-stripping madness. The answer is “Pozidriv”.

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Being more productive in 5 easy steps

Woman on Bike

Have you ever had a busy day filled with little tasks that added up to practically nothing, walking away at the end of the day, you realize you just worked for 8 hours straight and have nothing to show for it? You’re not alone. We all have days like this. Sometimes, the key to being productive has nothing to do with how long you work, but rather how you organize your time. The following are 5 ways that I improve my productivity on a daily basis. If they don’t apply to you or your career directly, think about modifying them or pulling out key points to become more productive yourself.

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How to flip a mattress

Number on Matress

Most mattress manufacturers recommend that you rotate your mattress to allow it to wear evenly and prolong its lifetime. This is especially important if you have a partner that you share your bed with. If you and your partner are different heights and weights, then you will need to rotate it to prevent it from getting too worn in some areas, but not others. The concept is not unlike rotating the tires on your car, allowing them to wear evenly as well.

So how do you flip a mattress? Do you flip it the long way, or the short way? What way did you rotate your mattress last time? This past weekend, I came up with an easy system that is pretty straight forward and will help you remember when and how to flip your mattress.

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How to shop online for cheaper

Yesterday I found something that I had to share. With Christmas only a month and a half away, if you haven’t started thinking about shopping, now’s the time.

I found a site yesterday while shopping for new shoes online. The site is MrRebates.com. Yes, I’ve included my referral ID in that URL. You’ll see why in a second. Let me cut to the chase and describe the big picture.

Mr. Rebates makes money because they have a big list of web sites where you can go to shop. Each time you click through Mr. Rebates and buy something, they get a percentage of your purchase price. Lucky for you though, Mr. Rebates will give you a chunk of that percentage back. On my shoe purchase, I received 5% back. On top of that, Mr. Rebates gave me $10 just for signing up.

As an added bonus, Mr. Rebates keeps a current list of coupons for most of the sites that it lists, so you save even more. Yesterday, I saved 20% off the purchase price of my shoes.

But wait… There’s more: For every person you refer to MrRebates.com, you will receive 20% of their cash back money (at no cost to your friend of course).

Last but not least, if you’re Canadian there’s the added bonus of our strong Canadian dollar right now. This morning, 1 CAD = 1.10022 USD.

Purchase price minus coupon discount minus cash back minus $10 sign-up bonus minus referral bonus minus USD exchange

It’s practically stealing!

Last year I did about 60% of my Christmas shopping online. It was quick and relatively easy if you start early. You get to avoid malls and now, you can enjoy some of the cheapest prices on the net. This year, I’m going to try and do 100% of my shopping online. You should try it too. Why not start your Christmas shopping today. Go visit MrRebates.com.

Why I shave with olive oil

Olive Oil

Shaving is a fact of life for most. Both men and women have felt the need to chop off hair as close as possible to their skin for thousands of years. I am no exception. Seeing as I shave my face almost every day and realizing that there’s millions of other things I would rather be doing at 7:00AM, I have made it my mission to find the best, most comfortable, fastest and generally most enjoyable method of shaving available. I have tried disposable razors, fancy razors with up to 6 blades, straight razors, shaving cream, shaving gel, shaving soap and for a period of time I even just gave up and let my beard grow. This has all changed now though, because I found olive oil.

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