Plumbing, Electrical, & HVAC

Friedrich Dehumidifier Review and Installation

Friedrich D50BP Dehumidifier review and installation

Friedrich built their name in the room air conditioner market, but their line of portable room dehumidifiers caught my attention too while looking for a new dehumidifier to replace our now defunct Kenmore brand. The design and overall features looked perfect for our wants and needs, so time to unwrap this thing and do a complete install, including continuous drainage. Why have a dehumidifier? A garage, basement, or any other place experiencing high humidity can wreak havoc on tools, cabinets of all materials types, clothing, etc., and create mildew on building materials. Our house for example, averages 10% higher humidity when no dehumidifier is active. That’s a substantial increase during the hot and humid months. We want to keep the amount of humidity in check so we don’t cause unnecessary damage that can cost into the thousands of dollars to replace and repair. How to choose the right size of dehumidifier? Why choose a Friedrich dehumidifier?

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Tech

Review – Gwee Button Smartphone Touchscreen Microfiber Cleaning Pad

Gwee Button smartphone touchscreen microfiber cleaning pad

When asked by Gwee to review their products, I was hesitant. Mainly because I didn’t think how the products applied to the content for diyhoushelp. After a bit of thought and examining the Gwee product lineup, I responded with a sample request  for the Gwee Button. My thought was “people may carry their smartphone’s throughout the house to watch online content, so the kickstand of the button may come in handy. Then there’s the attached microfiber pad that’s supposed to aid in cleaning the screen, so this looks like a helpful device for around the house after all.   How does the Gwee Button function? Like all Gwee products, the main designation is to have a convenient cleaning tool available at all times for your touchscreen device and eyeglasses. Then each product has a unique design to offer one or more uses. In the case of the Gwee Button, you’ll get a built-in kickstand which props your smartphone up at

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Tech

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone Speaker

Gramovox Gramophone Bluetooth Speaker

The Gramovox bluetooth speaker inherits it’s core design from a 1920’s era Magnovox Gramophone horn. The end result is a beautiful nostalgic design that has been revived and paired with modern technology for new generations to appreciate. Considering the limitations of the speaker quantity and size, audiophiles may not be impressed. But the end product does create an impression in the form of art and decor to improve any room while adding a unique form of sound to enjoy your favorite music at a comfortable decibel level. The solid wood base has a compartment CNC’d into the bottom to house all the latter-day components: 1.5″ Neodymium Driver 12-18 hour  Li-Ion battery…recharged via a backside mini USB port 4.0 Bluetooth w/ a 30ft. range

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Tech

Lutron Maestro Wireless Light Controls

Lutron Maestro wireless light switches and Pico light control

The Lutron Maestro Wireless light controls have the same look and features as the standard light switches, while adding wireless remote capabilities for up to 10 devices from one remote. The Pico wireless remote creates a huge benefit for adding a second or third remote light switch on a wall without the need for any wiring. The Pico remote is as thin as the wall plate and fits inside a standard decora opening. The decora cover easily attaches to a wall with light duty plastic wall anchors, no need for an electrical gang box. A 10 year battery is installed, so hopefully no worries for a long time. Includes a car visor clip, and you can also purchase the tabletop stand separately. Lutron states that the wireless controller “Can provide control of shades, drapes, or lighting  devices within a range of 30 ft (9 m) through walls and 60 ft (18 m) line-of-sight.” For a complete product list to see what products

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Products

Big Belly Banks Piggy Banks

Handcrafted piggy banks made from wood

Get this handmade wood flower piggy bank or a host of other styles for both boys and girls from Big Belly Banks. Watch your change zigzag its way to the large capacity acrylic coin holder that splits in half via a threaded rod when you’re ready to retrieve the coins. Available in 20″ and 23″ heights. The banks also have hand painted personalization available. NOTE: Some re-sellers may offer various name placement locations. The manufacturer Big Belly Banks doesn’t offer such an option on their website, and in an email response mentioned “they decide where best to place the name”. Please contact them direct, if you have any questions.

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