Our old pool filter backwash system required multiple tools, decent strength, and was messy. The new system using a PVC pipe is trivial to use and doesn't require getting messy or wet... but it also completely failed the first time we turned it on! Most of the time on this project was scrambling to fix my failures and bring this to a workable state.
The Emby server does a much better job of movie management than Kodi but handily integrates well with it. OpenELEC makes it difficult to run 3rd party software such as Emby, though. In this post, I show how to insert Emby into the OpenELEC disk image to run alongside Kodi on the same HTPC
This video-only post shows how to install the OpenELEC operating system with Kodi onto a bare HTPC
In this video-only post, I show step by step instructions on assembling a bare HTPC from scratch
Lavalier (or lapel) microphones can be pretty expensive and wireless versions even more so. I show how to make a DIY version that's super cheap and super easy to make, yet sounds remarkably good. As a bonus, it uses your smartphone to be a true wireless solution. All for $10!
I did my very first miter saw upgrade, replacing the stock blade on my DeWalt DW715 with a new finishing blade and the installing a third party laser. It was relatively easy to do and the end result is dramatically better. My cut smoothness and accuracy now rival that of a table saw!
Do you find yourself carrying heavy (up to 85 lbs for sheets of MDF!) and cumbersome sheet goods and panels? A panel carrier is essential in that case. In this review, we compare the strengths and weaknesses of the Stanley Panel Carry, Gorilla Gripper, and Panel Pal to discover which panel carrier is best and which works out the best for you.
An essential guide to sharpening shovels using either a metal file or an angle grinder. As an added bonus, we'll also see how to remove rust from the shovel using either sandpaper or a wire cup brush.
Part 2 of our 2 part post in building home theater columns. This post covers creating a "black mirror", building the doors, drilling out the doors for 35mm/euro hinges, and installing the columns in our theater
Our home theater is functional but it's missing a lot of finishing details. This post covers building columns for the theater, which will eventually house the surround speakers as well as provide a place for storage and provide an important aesthetic element. This is the first granworks post on our theater!