Keeping the Lights On

It cannot be ignored that Mother Nature can truly do massive amounts of damage, especially when you least expect it. We are not at the time of year where natural disasters can not only cause damage to your house but entire cities. There have been so many natural disasters lately that have caused billions of dollars in damages, eliminating electricity to millions of people across several states. Losing power at this rate can be extremely difficult, and in some cases, fatal for some. During the winter this can be particularly brutal once Arctic winds come in.

Global warming is a serious issue no matter how you slice it, with snow and ice storms taking power lines out and delaying first responders to aid those affected. I have seen people from the very young to the extremely old affected in situations like this, and without electricity, it is impossible to power devices that we rely on every single day. Knowing all of these potential issues, we have recently begun pricing house generators for the entire home and thus we have been researching the latest ones on the internet and come up with some great finds.

Why should you invest in a generator for the entire house, with the best ones found on Words cannot express enough how important and vital they become in an emergency and unfortunately, you never know when one may occur. Once you have one, you never have to worry about going without power again. Unlike portable versions, a whole house generator can be installed permanently and connected directly to the electric box of your home to provide power that kicks in automatically uninterrupted. This generator is connected directly to your fuel source, whether it is propane, gas, or diesel, allowing you to power your electricity for days if necessary.

With only 20 kilowatts, you can power most homes, and you can possibly even use all of the appliances in your home without compromising energy. It really depends on the size of the house, but with 5,000 watts you can power a small cottage or RV. The best models allow you to power bigger homes and run everything smooth no matter what happens to the power grid. With my family, I think the best generator for our family was the perfect addition to our family.

Here are some others that you should consider purchasing if you want to prepare for any potential power outages.


Generac 6462

This 16,000 watt unit is compact and built for optimal performance, and it only measures approximately 25 x 48 x 29 inches. Also, this model can be shipped quickly and with its mounting pad, you don’t need a concrete base with a metal enclosure that is durable enough for winds up to 150mph. This generator runs on natural or propane gas and is equipped to perform with lower gas pressures as well. With a runtime test of 12 minutes, you can schedule it by the week, every two weeks, or monthly. Those who have purchased it in the past claim that is has been well-constructed, runs quietly and smoothly, with notes to replace the filter and oil every year on it to ensure it runs well. For similar models, check out


What I love about this model is that it is easy to install and run, although those that have never used a generator claim that the manual that it comes with should be more user-friendly and customer service has been described as spotty at times. Having said that, you might want to have a local dealer on standby if necessary, although not many have reported problems with the actual generator itself. But should you invest in this generator, you won’t have to worry about being compromised should you lose electricity for any duration of time.


Briggs & Stratton 40346

This is a powerful option for a portable generator, even it is a bit heavier than most models. But for homes that are mid-sized to large, the Briggs & Stratton is not only reliable but has diagnostic checks each week that are like clockwork. For those DIY people out there, this is one that I would recommend as it is more user-friendly.


Users have noted that you might have to contact local distributors for service contracts and service even, but this can vary. For an easily maintained machine that is reliable and gets the job done, however, no need to look further.

Honey Do List

Now that I have decided to do more projects around the house, my wife is basically assigning me things to do even when I don’t have the necessary tools to do them. Case in point? She wanted me to clean and then paint the garage a while back, but when I told her that my paint sprayer was broken, she did not hesitate to tell me to replace it and then do the job anyway. Granted, I have borrowed spray painters over the years when I needed to, but for this job, I knew that I would need more time which would necessitate doing a bit of research, taking the plunge, and then purchasing one. Luckily, I already had a bit of experience with a few brands, so finding the best one for my projects was not as difficult as it may be for some. The following are a couple of the spray painters I know can get the job done efficiently and are available at affordable prices to fit just about any budget.


HomeRight C800766

As a compact spray painter that can be used anywhere around the house, the HomeRight C800766 is so lightweight and easy to use that you don’t even need any previous experience with spray painters in order to use it. Using low air pressure, you can use this spray painter to paint just about any surface with relative ease. I’ve used it to decorate just about everything around the house from windows to furniture, fences, and much more. There is a trigger control button that allows you to change the ark width from 1 inch up to as many as 6 inches. This model is extremely popular with homeowners and has garnered rave reviews on many sites, especially because of its base price. It only weights 3. 2 pounds, meaning it won’t get too heavy while in use and you will get used to it quickly and with no hassles.

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If you are just a hobbyist and like to paint for fun, you can also use this model as it is simple and versatile. One issue that many may find with this model is that the power cord is not that long, but an extension cord can solve that problem. For the features and virtues that it possesses, the HomeRight C800766 can be the perfect addition to your home and any household projects you have on the horizon.


Wagner Flexio 590

For those homeowners that may be novices when it comes to spray painters and is looking for mobility as well as high efficiency, the Wagner Flexio 590 is a great semi-professional tool that would be a welcome addition to almost any toolbox. It comes with a nozzle that adjusts the width and pattern, and it can be used to paint both vertically and horizontally by using the rotating cap. It is considered by many to be one of the most efficient spray painters available on the market currently and is ideal for both outdoor and indoor painting jobs.

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Thanks to the X-Boost Turbine technology that comes with this model, users get 3 times the power compared to other conventional models. The Wagner Flexio 590 is perfect for covering all types of surfaces in any conditions, with an output of about 8 gallons an hour. This is more than adequate enough for those mid-sized projects. By using the advanced nozzle system, users can adjust patterns and fine-tune finishing touches with ease.


One of the best benefits to this spray painter is the faster finishing speeds, with maintenance requirements kept to a minimum. Clean-up is also a snap – simply use clean water to rinse the container, then place it back, and pull the trigger to clean all the inner tubes. The unit itself should not be washed as it contains electrical parts. This mobile and versatile device is perfectly suited for those that want a premium product in their garage. For those that would like more info on this product, there are loads of reviews online to peruse, but trust me when I say that you cannot go wrong with this version and the price is exceptional.