My first experience with LED bulbs was in 2007 when I talked a manufacturer into letting me “borrow” 10 of them for a Green Building Homes tour in Austin called the cool houses tour. At that time, I was using a mix of Halogen bulbs and CFL’s (including some dedicated pin-based CFL recessed cans, OOPS).Read More »
Tankless water heaters are fantastic units but they do need more care & maintenance than a typical 50 gallon tank heater. Here in the Southern US, I prefer to install my tankless units outdoors. This means you won’t take space in the house and you never have to worry about venting or combustion issues. Here’s a picture of a typical install for me. I like the Rheem RTG-84XLN Exterior Gas units and here’s a picture of one I recently installed on a house in Austin.Read More »
I first saw a mini-split HVAC system in a house when I visited Japan in the late 90′s. My friends were stationed there in the Navy and their Japanese house they rented was fascinating for me as a builder. It was brand new and tiny at roughly 1000 sf for a single family home. Each of the rooms had it’s own mini-split head on the wall above the door. I loved that I could control the temperature of my bedroom individually. Continue ReadingRead More »
Men are hard to buy for, I realize this… They either want something that costs $40,000 (like the new Tundra I’m drooling over), or they give you no clue as to what they might want for a gift. With that in mind, here’s my gift guide of things I own and love, OR things I’m hoping my wife buys for me! These are running in a few distinct categories; Coffee, Knives, Flashlights, Batteries, etc. All things that Men generally like and will appreciate. Comment below if you find this helpful. Full disclosure here, these links are to Amazon and if you buy on these links I do get a referral fee from them. However, I’m only recommending these because I own them or want them. All are with free Prime shipping too!
Kleen Kanteen 20 oz Coffee Mug. $35 Double Wall Stainless insulated. I love Coffee and anything that enhances my coffee in the morning is something I like.
Zojirushi Stainless Bottle 32oz $28 When you need a refill of your coffee nothing is more disappointing to find that it’s luke-warm. This beauty from Japan is top notch and will keep that coffee hot well into the afternoon. I don’t one this yet, but I’m hoping my wife gets one of these for me! Continue ReadingRead More »