Alexa Features, Capabilities, Uses, Commands, Tips, and Tricks List for Echo, Tap, and Dot Smart Speakers

The Amazon Echo speakers, including the Tap, Dot, and the original Echo and its 2nd generation incarnation, are jampacked with an ever-growing list of helpful Alexa features and skills. Further, all of these features help make our hectic days a little less hectic.  Some of the most useful Alexa features we’ve discovered follow. Physical Echo … Continue reading Alexa Features, Capabilities, Uses, Commands, Tips, and Tricks List for Echo, Tap, and Dot Smart Speakers



Original Google Home Smart Speaker Assistant Setup Instructions, Tips, Procedures, Help

This post details what you’ll need and how to set up a Google Home smart speaker assistant device with Google’s voice assistant service. What You’ll Need Before Starting A Wi-Fi internet connection.  None of the Google Home devices manufactured thus far has an Ethernet RJ45 port.  So, your only choice is to connect them to the Google Assistant service via your internet-connected wireless network.  Note that the … Continue reading Original Google Home Smart Speaker Assistant Setup Instructions, Tips, Procedures, Help



Blue LED Christmas Lights Decorating Outdoors Tips, Examples

Blue LED Christmas lights offer perhaps the most vivid blue hues you can get in a highly efficient, low heat holiday light set as the pictures below show. Much more vibrant than incandescent blue Christmas lights, and cheaper to operate as well.  Since blue is our favorite color, we’ve decorated the house with blue light … Continue reading Blue LED Christmas Lights Decorating Outdoors Tips, Examples



Extension Cord Safety Tips, Help, Advice

Today’s electric extension cords give fast and easy ways of getting power around the home, garage, basement, and outdoors.  They allow you to run leaf blowers, weed whackers, and lawn mowers outdoors.  Plus, they connect  lamps, radios, and televisions inside.  But while these cords give instant power anywhere needed, extension cord safety should never be … Continue reading Extension Cord Safety Tips, Help, Advice



How to Clean DVD and CD Media Discs, Tips, Advice

We’ve worn glasses with anti reflective, anti glare coatings for many years, and also, own many thousands of CDs, DVDs, and Blu Ray discs.  Both glasses and discs become soiled or damaged from essentially the same dirt sources such as oily fingerprints, dust, and scratches, and both demand the same gentle cleaning methods to restore them … Continue reading How to Clean DVD and CD Media Discs, Tips, Advice



Cleaning Vinyl Tiled Kitchen Floors Hints Tips Advice

The following hints, tips, and advice for cleaning kitchen floors of spills, food, grease, and stuck on messes, applies best to vinyl, linoleum, and ceramic surfaces. If your floor is genuine wood however, these instructions still apply, except that you should minimize water use to prevent wood warping and curling. Tools You’ll Need Broom Mop Bucket … Continue reading Cleaning Vinyl Tiled Kitchen Floors Hints Tips Advice



Fixing Noisy Window Air Conditioner Unit Tips

Anyone living in warmer climates and seeking to cool their bedrooms, living rooms, and other small to medium-sized living spaces, has probably grappled  with the problem of noisy window air conditioners. Indeed, we’ve installed units from five to twelve thousand BTUs in our windows at various apartments, homes, trailers, and even basements, and have been frustrated by … Continue reading Fixing Noisy Window Air Conditioner Unit Tips



Fixing Squeaky Wooden Glider Rocking Chairs Tips

The glider rocking chair is the Cadillac of rockers, as it features a smooth and quiet, to and fro motion that is far superior to the spring type rocker recliners; that is, when it’s working correctly. However, as gliders age, and accrue hundreds of hours of pacifying baby, jamming to music, and watching suspenseful high-action television shows where … Continue reading Fixing Squeaky Wooden Glider Rocking Chairs Tips



Installing Hand Held Massaging Shower Heads Tips Advice

We installed our new hand held massaging shower head, in less than fifteen minutes. No tools or supplies were required, except for when removing the old shower head.  For that, we used a Crescent adjustable wrench.  Here’s how it was done. Remove Old Fixed Mount Shower Head Probably the hardest task in installing a new … Continue reading Installing Hand Held Massaging Shower Heads Tips Advice



How To Replace a Toilet Seat Tips

Toilet seats today, with typical to moderate use and no abuse, rarely break or otherwise fail.  Still though, you might wish to change up the one in your bathroom, just to get a different look or style, an oak seat to replace a plastic perch, or to replace one that slams with a quieter, no … Continue reading How To Replace a Toilet Seat Tips