I got a good chuckle when I received today’s first reader tip from “Dad.” For a split second there I could hear my own father asking the age-old parent/child question: Don’t you know how to turn off the light when you leave the room?
MOTION SENSOR SWITCHES. Apparently, my kids don’t know how to turn the lights off so I have installed motion sensor switches in the bathrooms, laundry room and basement. Installation was very easy, and now those lights turn on and off automatically depending on whether anyone is in the room. This has lowered our power bill tremendously. More than that, our home is a happier place now that dad has stopped harping at the kids to turn off the lights. Dad
HANDY PAINT CONTAINER. I was disappointed when my favorite brand of coffee began coming in a plastic container instead the old familiar metal coffee can. I’d use those empty metal cans for everything from holding screws and switch plates to soaking paint brushes. But I discovered that the molded handle on the new plastic container made it the perfect container for paint—especially when needing to do a touch-up. The plastic coffee “cans” are easy to carry up and down ladders and the plastic lid seals well enough to keep paint fresh until the project is done. Johnny Read more