One user wrote me and 100% “gets” the idea that the SINGLE best place to have a flashlight is right at your lightswitch that is by every single door in the United States. I’d bet that most all other countries where electric power is common have lightswitches at the doors to their houses. Even most businesses do this too.
It makes 100% sense. First thing you do when entering a house in all but the brightest daylight is to turn on a light switch so you can see what you are doing. Last thing you do when leaving a house is to turn off the lights.
Now if you hear something outside and its dark – you generally go to a window with the lights out to investigate *OR* you go to your door and look outside. When its dark you want a really good flashlight.
Therefore, the BEST place to have a flashlight is ON THE LIGHTSWITCH.
Gearlight S1000 Mini Review: This flashlight is small and mighty. It has a very bright LED with a telescoping barrel which allows you to focus the light like a laser or to make the light broad to flood an area. It is small and lightweight so good for children all the way to elderly. It has several different settings, which I find a bit tiresome. I would prefer a simple on/off. It takes three AAA batteries and it isn’t too difficult to change batteries. You can fit a specialty rechargeable battery, but I’ve never done that. It is a good flashlight and not very expensive. One more thing it is made of aluminum (I think) which is one more positive attribute. (As of this writing Amazon has 40,356 ratings at 4.7 stars with only 20% 1-star ratings. Anything less than 5% on 1-star is a very good product once there are over 100-200 ratings)
So the user asked me… “Can you make this in off-white – almond to be exact?” I said all I had was bright white and all my plastics I order from a person in Houston. So I said – here is my friend in Houston’s web site of color choices – If you find some plastic color that you like, I’ll order a roll. Of course I didn’t tell her I’d lose my shirt on this deal, but I often don’t care because I just want to be a positive force for good. Silly. I know.
She picked off-white and I ordered a roll. She was OK with waiting an extra week.
After receiving the plastic, I manufactured a unit for her in off-white. I wasn’t over the moon with the off-white – it was more of a translucent white but I packaged it up and sent it to this very kind customer.
You can imagine my surprise when she sent me back a picture of her usage of the single gang keychain holder for her tactical flashlight holder. This was so nice that while I’m a grown man I almost came to tears. People are so mean on the internet and when you invent products, they are your baby. So when people are nice and say nice things it has an ultra powerful impact.
Of all the frothers we’ve used so far (Zulay, Elementi, MilkPro) this one is the most powerful. We bought this one because the Elementi wore out. It seems like if you use these every day – which we do – they last about 6 months.
The button presses easy and the frother will “froth yo mamma”. Be prepared to spin the substance out of the cup. I have to keep from holding the button so it never gets too fast.
A reader wrote “I just can’t figure out how this things works. I’m pretty bad mechanically and need all the help I can get. If you can point me in the right direction I’d greatly appreciate it”.
Same with me fellow reader! I’m an electrical engineer not a mechanical!
I’m assuming you are talking about my locking kit more than anything. I think if I pass along a couple of really high level ideas in this post, you’ll have that aha-moment.
First, to really simplify the discussion, forget about locking at all.
If you put a CLOSED 2×4 bar holder on EACH side of your doors on the frame of the shed, you can slide a 2×4 into those bar holders and your doors will both stay shut nicely.
The only problem is that it is WAY TOO EASY to slide out the bar by bad actors.
So… all you have to do is keep the bar from sliding.
This is the trick…
Take ONE of the bar holders with the locking tab and from the back, fasten it to the BAR. You should do this so that you can slide the bar into the loops and the locking tab on the BAR matches up to the locking tab closed bar holder you put on the door frame.
Then on the OPEN bar holder included in the kit, you can decide if you want to use it or not. I use it to simply prop up the 2×4 bar so it doesn’t fall down when I open the shed door.
One of my favorite things in the entire world is having customers send me pictures of how they have used my crazy inventions in their life.
One customer used a Gray Frother Holder to save space in his boat. If you think about it, a BOAT is a very, very confined space. You simply DON’T have counter space. So you can’t store the frother on the counter. We personally hate throwing the frother in the drawer, which is why we made the frother holder.
So I couldn’t be more pleased than punch when I received this picture! Look how pretty the wall mounted coffee milk frother looks on the handheld frother mount!
One pesky (but very nice) customer INSISTED I prime coated my RAW or Galvanized 2×4 End Caps. But that was only after this customer had me drill a hole in a “Left” End Cap and a “Right” End Cap.
This customer wanted to put a pin in the left and right end caps and the pin would go through the 2×4 bar.
Because if someone broke the glass in the French Door, the idea would be to make it one step harder to lift the bar.
I can just hear the idiots now “But gee they will still get in.”
True. But those 15 extra seconds will be handy in sighting them in.
It isn’t always about perfectly securing things – it is balancing the aesthetics of your house while having ENOUGH security. In this case, enough is defined as buying some time.
I can’t and won’t divulge anything about the customer, but I can tell you that those french doors are no easy mark. Break that glass and you have lead in your bum (I wanted to make this rhyme, but I’m too proper).
Here are the pics from this wonderful little install. I love how the customer painted the bar.