Centipede Portable Work Station

UntitledWe found this little jewel on an end cap at Lowe’s and thought for a second it held promise.  However, we’ve used similar setups in the past and it’s our opinion that this product is often “under foot”, meaning we’ve found the large number of legs (which are all the way out at the edge of the “table”) easy to trip over and often in the way.


For general use, we prefer the “Bluehawk” folding metal saw horse but other folding or stationary options will work well too although these have proven to be very durable and a good value.  More compact than the Centipede, the Bluehawks are easy to store and travel with, are height adjustable, durable and they carry plenty of weight.  They’re also cheaper than the Centipede by a long shot and you can find them at all the big box stores.


Spray Foam to the rescue!

We love spray foam and if you’re doing a rehab project, you’ll probably be using it sooner than later.  We’re constantly amazed at the uses they find for it including the latest, leveling concrete slabs with it.  It’s products like this than can make or break you’re renovation!

Level it!foamer1

What the….

Lowe’s didn’t disappoint today!  Anyone who has ever used a gas can knows what a pain it can be, especially sense the government instituted new gas can regulations several years ago so this can was built to make life easy again.  The trigger on top of the can works simply as a vent and the wider you open the vent, the quicker the gas flows….simple, brilliant but crazy expensive.  At almost $45, I think I’ll pass on this one and hold on to the one I’ve had for 15 years that I paid $5 for!  Insanity.gas can

Battle of the String Trimmers….

In the ring today are the more affordable options currently on the shelf at Lowe’s…the Black&Decker Cordless LST420 and the Troy-Bilt TB22.  Each has their advantages and disadvantages….

We like the Black&Decker line of cordless yard tools for working the average suburban lawn.  Battery life is enough to trim and edge the average 1/2 acre or smaller yard and the electric motor has good torque for excellent cutting power as well as a long tool life with low maintenance without the headaches of working with gas cans, etc.  The blower using the same batteries doesn’t look like much but if all you’re doing is blowing grass clippings off the drive way or a maybe few leaves, its light weight for easy handling and plenty powerful for those duties!

The Troy-Bilt is good at what it does and it will offer you a longer use interval than the battery powered B&D which is good if you’re working a larger yard or have lots of weeding and edging to do.  The downsize of course is dealing with a 2-cycle gasoline engine and the maintenance issues and gas cans that come along with it.  This machine is more powerful than the cordless unit so if you’re cutting brush, this is the way to go.

But for most suburban duties, we’ll take the Black&Decker cordless!

Battle of the String Trimmers