Category Archives: Real Life Reviews

Real Life Review: Dial “Up-Dux” Ceiling to Attic vent

In the California desert there are two primary ways to cool down a house: closed loop air conditioning and open loop swamp cooling.  A central air conditioning unit works by using electricity to compress a refrigerant fluid, typically outside the … Continue reading

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Real Life Review – Craftsman 218331 Tablesaw – Part 4: A dangerous guard

While not specific to this particular tablesaw as they seem to be used on all new saws, I have yet another reason why I dislike the “new style” blade guards required for tablesaws for the past several years, and these … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Gourmia GSV140P Sous Vide Immersion Pod

For years I have been curious about the near-mythical “Sous Vide” cooking technique, which advocates claim makes turning out restaurant quality meals as simple as dropping a bag in a pot of water. When I first looked into it, the … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: 2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 5 door

I am a buyer rather than a trader, and with cars that is no different than with tools. When I purchase a vehicle I am looking at getting at least 100,000 miles out of it, and preferably more. Recently, my … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: The Turbine Sports Breathing Technology

Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed that my aerobic endurance (e.g. how long I can do something which requires lots of oxygen) has decreased well beyond what it used to be, and no matter how hard I tried … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 8: Through the first year

It has now been 1 year since my system started producing electricity, which seems to be a good point to stop and look back over the data. System overview: The system is a 2.7 kW (DC) / 2.3 kW (AC) … Continue reading

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Real Life Reviews: Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker

Lured into a local department store with a $10 off $50 coupon, I made the mistake of heading to the kitchen section first. Having eaten my share of waffles made on the rotating waffle maker on hotel breakfast buffets over … Continue reading

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