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Swamp Cooler vs. Air Conditioner: Which One Is Best?

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Air conditioning isn’t the only way to cool your home. A/C and central air systems may be the most common cooling methods, but others can be equally as effective. One such alternative method for cooling your home is using a swamp cooler. In this piece, we take a deep dive into the swamp cooler vs air …

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Best Wood Chippers: Easy Landscape Cleanup Solutions

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After my spring cleanup, I literally have branches lying in every corner of my property. First, the tall bushes needed to be trimmed, then the fruit trees, and finally I tackled the pines that border the property and took off some bottom branches to influence growth higher up. I also want to spread some new …

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What Is Evaporative Cooling and How Does It Work?

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Evaporative cooling is an alternative to air conditioning that’s best used in dry climates. In contrast to A/C, it consumes less electricity, doesn’t require refrigerants for cooling, and produces cool, humid air that’s more pleasant to breathe, especially for people with respiratory issues. But how does evaporative cooling work? Let’s find out. What Is Evaporative …

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The Best Hand Tillers to Keep Your Soil Ready for Planting

Most gardens require a decent amount of soil preparation each year, including turning the soil with a tiller or cultivator of some sort. If your garden isn’t gigantic, a hand tiller is more than enough tool to get the ground ready for planting. Let’s have a look at some of the best hand tillers on …

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Pellet Smoker vs. Charcoal Smoker: It’s More Than Flavor

A Cuisinart pellet smoker cooking grate loaded with steaks and veggies.

Charcoal grills have been the go-to outdoor cooking equipment for American families, well, since they came out. But, with the emergence of wood pellet smokers, the “pellet smoker vs. charcoal smoker” debate is happening regularly between backyard BBQ enthusiasts. Only you can decide which is the winner. But, first, you need all the facts. Major …

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Top 5 Garden Hose Reels to Keep Your Yard Organized

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After a tiring day in the garden, you just want to pack up as quickly as possible, but coiling your garden hose is one of those jobs that seems to take forever.  There are many options for simpler hose storage, including hose pots, hose hangers, and hose hideaways. The right hose reel is the superior …

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Best Electric Riding Lawn Mowers

Man riding a RYOBI cordless electric lawn mower to cut the grass on his property.

Riding mowers are by far the most productive grass-cutting machines ever created. They save you time, physical exertion, and typically come with several advanced features that make them even more convenient. Electric riding mowers are among the most beneficial as they are far more fuel-efficient, require no oil, or real maintenance, and are environmentally-friendly. The …

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7 of the Best Firewood Shed Plans You Can Build Today

A wooden shed with an open front, loaded with firewood, set in a winter wonderland.

A firewood shed can provide ample storage space for every last branch, log, and piece of kindling. And with a little bit of skill and sweat, you can build it yourself. Combined with a firewood rack, you’ll be set for keeping that campfire, wood stove, or fireplace going all year long. We’ve compiled the best firewood …

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