Category Archives: Product Reviews

Detailed reviews of popular products.

Compare GE vs Leviton Appliance Modules

Today we are going to look at the GE 12719 Plug In Appliance Module and see how it compares with the Leviton Plug In Appliance Module.

 

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Goldblatt G05138 Dust Free Hand Sander

We added an 8′ x 12′ wall paper mural to our living room wall. One of the challenges was the dust. We are living through our very slow remodel and wanting to minimize the disruption to our lives. So finding a way to sand without creating dust was a priority.

In this video we review the Goldblatt G05138 Dust Free Hand Sander.

Stay tuned at the end of the video for a time-lapse of the entire process including the (nearly) finished product.

 

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Smart Home Wall Switch Comparison

In today’s episode we are going to compare GE, Leviton, and Lutron smart switches, both dimming and non-dimming. When selecting a wall switch for your smart home, it is important to know what type of switch you need and what look you want.

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Leviton Plug-in Dimmer and Appliance Module Review and Setup

In this episode we are going to review what could be considered to be the most basic and essential piece of your home automation project: The Plug-in Module. Today we will be looking at two different modules made by Leviton: the Appliance Module (VRPA1-1LW) and the Dimmer Module (VRPD3-1LW). At the end of the video I’ll show you how to connect the Leviton Dimmer module to your Wink Hub.

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Dynamic Mounting – Right Height TV Mount Review and Installation

An important part of every smart home is the smart TV. Today we wont be looking at the TV however, we will be looking at the TV mount. Since we have a fireplace with a hallway on both sides, my living room layout has limited options for TV placement. Basically we’re limited to in front of the fireplace or over the fireplace. The problem with over the fireplace is that it puts the TV up too high. And, obviously, in front of the fireplace prevents fireplace use. Not to mention it puts furniture in a place I would rather it not be.
So to solve our problem, we purchased the Right Height Mount from Dynamic Mounting. This mount lets you place your TV above a mantle, and then pull it down to a comfortable height when you want to watch TV. I will show a time lapse of the installation process at the end of this video.

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Amazon Echo Out-of-the-Box Review

Today we are going to do a box opening review of the Amazon Echo. Pretty excited about this since I’ve been waiting for it for a while now. Very curious to see how it looks coming out of the box and how easy it is to hook into my home automation system. The main reason that I bought the Amazon Echo is that I wanted to have the voice automation along with my smart home. After reading a lot of review and talking to some people that have Alexa, I thought it would be good for me to get my hands on one.

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GE Outdoor Smart Switch Review

In this episode, we will review the GE Outdoor Smart Switch. I needed a simple way to control my outdoor fountains that plug into a GFCI electrical outlet. I wanted the ability to easily control from inside my house without having to add new switches or wiring. I also needed something that could hold up to the elements. Within 5 minutes, I had the device integrated into my smart home through my Wink hub, schedules set and wife fully up to speed.

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