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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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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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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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Korner Home Security System

Korner smartphone home security

Looking for a simple way to protect your home? Korner is a home security system that anyone can use and anyone can afford. A small dongle plugs into your home router that then talks with individual corner tags on each of your doors and windows. This allows you to remotely monitor when any windows or doors have been opened in your home.

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Floodchek Premium Washing Machine Hoses

Floodcheck premium washing machine hoses

As I was doing one of my routine walk throughs of our home to explore areas that could use cleaning or improvements, inspecting the washing machine hoses expiration was one of the things that crossed my mind, and they were actually a little past their replace by date (typical hose lifespan is every 5-7 years…expire date is printed or tagged on the hose). Now, I have all the major home improvement stores in my area, but I quickly became defeated when all the available washing machine hose selections were just variations of the same cheap rubber or stainless steel. Yes, I know, people may think “stainless steel, it must be good”. But, in this case it just provides a more attractive and abrasive resistant outer cover with no real internal benefits to retard the effect of washing machine hose bursting. I thought back on my automotive performance background where I spent a great deal of time and energy sorting out

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