AcuRite Atomic Dual Alarm Clock Review

Back in 2010, we purchased three copies of the tabletop AcuRite atomic dual alarm clock 13131.  Most impressive about this time piece is that it receives radio signals from the master atomic clocks in Colorado, and synchronizes itself most every night to those signals. So the time it displays is usually accurate to within one … Continue reading AcuRite Atomic Dual Alarm Clock Review





AC Power Adapter for Google Home Mini

An adequate AC power adapter for Google Home Mini is a USB power supply that outputs a nominal 1.8 amps at 5 volts (8 watts or more).  Should the adapter that comes with the Mini break down, then you’ll certainly need another.  So this post makes several  Google Home Mini replacement power adapter suggestions.  These … Continue reading AC Power Adapter for Google Home Mini





Unlocking Honeywell Thermostat Instructions

Many Honeywell smart home thermostats, have a lock screen mode. This  keeps anyone from messing with t-stat settings without first putting in a password.  You set this pass code when locking your t-stat.  Then, to unlock it, the t-stat asks you to enter this secret code to again have full control over settings such as … Continue reading Unlocking Honeywell Thermostat Instructions





Locking Honeywell Thermostat Instructions

Some smart models of the Honeywell thermostats like the RTH9580WF discussed here, have a locking mode.  This keeps curious fingers from adjusting t-stat settings without first punching in a password.  You create this secret code when  locking your thermostat.  Then, the t-stat asks you to enter this code to again open up access to settings … Continue reading Locking Honeywell Thermostat Instructions





Philips SRU4208WM/17 Universal Remote Review

We’ve used the Philips SRU4208WM/17 Universal Remote with the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 DVR from the Atlantic Broadband cable company for nearly two years. This universal control works as expected, serves adequately as a replacement for the CLIKR-5 remote that the cable company gave us originally, and is affordable. Benefits, Pros, Features, and Advantages of … Continue reading Philips SRU4208WM/17 Universal Remote Review





Electric Cable Ceiling Heat Pros and Cons

Many houses built during the 1960s and 1970s, in areas not served by natural gas suppliers, incorporated electric cable ceiling heat as the primary means of keeping the interiors warm during the cold months of the year.  The house builders, before installing the plaster or drywall to form the ceilings, would install electric resistance heating … Continue reading Electric Cable Ceiling Heat Pros and Cons





How to Lock Unlock Honeywell Thermostat RTH9580WF

Some models of the Honeywell smart thermostats including the RTH9580WF discussed in this post, feature a screen lock mode, that prevents anyone from changing thermostat settings without first entering a pass code.  You create this pass code iwhen you request to lock your thermostat.  Subsequently, the t-stat asks you to enter this password to regain … Continue reading How to Lock Unlock Honeywell Thermostat RTH9580WF





Repair Electric Kettle Lid, Hamilton Beach 40891

We love our Hamilton Beach 40891 cordless kettle.  But by necessity, we learned a bit about kettle repair, when the lid for that kettle came apart after several years of use.  We fixed it, and so here, we share how to repair electric kettle lid on our 40891 Hamilton Beach teapot. So, we determined how … Continue reading Repair Electric Kettle Lid, Hamilton Beach 40891