Friday, December 22, 2017

Air Conditioner Buying Guide

When the weather heats up, thoughts turn to chilling out. If central air conditioning isn’t an option, room air conditioners can be an inexpensive and energy-efficient alternative for cooling one or two rooms.

If you’re ready to beat the heat, you aren’t alone: More than 6.5 million air conditioner window units are sold each year. The average household spends 13 percent of its annual utility bill on cooling, according to Energy Star. So it’s important to choose the right unit. An air conditioner that's too small will struggle to cool a room. One that's too big cools so quickly that it doesn't have time to remove enough moisture, leaving you with a cold, clammy space.
Things to Consider

Note the Noise
Models that scored excellent or very good in our noise tests are so quiet that the only sound you might hear is the fan running. Air conditioners that scored fair for noise could disturb light sleepers when set on low, and are distracting to all when set on high.

Factor In the Window Location
Window air conditioners generally do a better job blowing air in one direction. That can be a problem if your window isn't centered on the wall. To uniformly cool a room, you'll need to direct air to its center, so check whether your A/C needs to blow air to the right or to the left. Some have fan arms that swivel.

Install It Correctly
To get the most from your window air conditioner it must be properly installed. Most units are intended for double-hung windows. If you have casement windows, you may want to consider a through-the-wall air conditioner. Make sure your window unit is level so that it drains correctly. And move any heat-generating devices such as a TV or lamp away from the unit.


Check Filter Location
Make sure you can easily access the filter for cleaning, something you'll be doing frequently to keep the unit in tip-top condition.

Intelligent Cooling
Some air conditioners have gotten smarter, allowing you to control and adjust them from your smartphone. You can often interconnect them to other cooling units in your home.

Watch the Warranty
Some air conditioners have longer warranties. When you're buying a new unit, check the manufacturer's website for information and ask the retailer about the warranty for that model and brand.

Friday, October 6, 2017


An affordable, no-frills riding lawn mower, the POULAN PRO LAWN TRACTOR is designed for those with less than an acre of land and a tight pockets. If you haven’t before used a riding mower then this is the perfect machine to get started with. Featuring 14.5 Briggs & Stratton engine, a wide 38 inch cutting deck and simplicity at its core, it comes with basic set of specifications such as a 18 inch turning radius, 6 speed lever adjusted transmission, 1.5 gallon tank, 15 inch and 18 inch front and rear tires respectively. For comfort you get a 9 inch low back seat and a height adjustment long lever on the hood’s side.

Ease Of Use

Purchasing a ride-on mower usually entails a long exhaustive manual that stresses upon all the innovative features, care instruction and maintenance garbage that is designed to take up more pages than provide useful information. The Poulan Pro PB145G38 though is a no-bullshit riding mower with limited instructions and even more limited things to take care off. You have a conventional steering wheel, 6 speed transmission lever by the side of your seat and a larger height adjusting lever up front to the left of the hood to control your mower. That is how easy this mower is to use. Same goes for cleaning the deck. Just life it up using a wrench lift, wash the deck and blades spray some non-stick deck oil and get back to mowing. Quite simply put there isn’t another ride-on mower in the market so easy to use.

Cut Quality

Being an affordable acquisition, the mower is bound to lack a few tiny improvements and one of them is a stabilizing set of gurney wheels on the deck that ensure a perfect cut all the time irrespective of the terrain. You can get over this and ensure excellent cut quality by fitting the mower with third party front stabilizing wheels.

Height Adjustment

6 different cutting heights all accessible from the comfort of the low-back seat makes switching between different settings that much easier. The lowest you can get is 1.5 inches, but I haven’t yet felt the desire to scrap that close to the ground. Remember though on uneven terrain you need the ability to quickly alter the height and avoid the appearance of an improperly mowed lawn.

Motor Power

Yes, the Poulan Pro Lawn Mower PB145G38 can pump out just 14.5 HP, but I find it sufficient enough to handle a lawn under 1 acre of space. Can you add extra attachments to this rather is it a makeshift small tractor? No it isn’t because of the smaller engine, but it definitely is a full-fledged ride-on mower with ample power for inclinations and gullies.


Owing to its inexpensive nature, plastic body and simple configuration, it will falter soon. Thankfully, the service of Poulan is excellent and their replacement parts are affordable. I haven’t seen anything alarming in the two months that I have used this mower so at least the warranty period will not have you replacing any component.

Cost Effectiveness

Less than $1000, you just can’t ask for anything more in this mower. From the dependable Husqvarna brand, Poulan Pro is the affordable sub-brand that is designed for an average lawn owner with just the bare minimum of requirements and thus priced accordingly. Even the replacement parts are priced cheaper than Husqvarna ride-on mowers.

Thursday, September 7, 2017



Tailgating, America's favorite meal, makes outdoor dining even better by adding sports. But with stadium parking lots filled to the brim, tailgaters need a grill that performs well and isn't a pain to transport. We made sure to test the Coleman NXT 300 (MSRP $249) well before the season. Despite its small size, this grill tackled all our tests, and cost less than a season ticket.

Design, Features, & Usability

The COLEMAN GRILL NXT 300 is a portable grill that doesn't sacrifice on features. Despite having only a 321 square inch grilling surface, this grill has an electric starter, the option to add different grate attachments (sold separately), and two side trays. These are far more useful at a tailgate than on a patio, unless you prefer lugging around a folding table. We especially liked Coleman's take on fuel access, allowing the grill to utilize a 16.9 ounce cylinder of fuel or a full-size 20 pound tank if you pick up a $10 adapter. When game day is over, the legs fold into each other, allowing the grill to be stored vertically.
Like a five foot seven, 210-pound running back, it's small but powerful.

It might be small, but the Coleman NXT 300 showed some impressive power. No one likes waiting to get the patties on the grill, and the NXT's rapid preheat cuts down on wait time. But the small grill went a bit overboard when we set the temperature to its hottest setting (more than 750ºF!) with uneven heating across the small grate. Even the grill's exterior gets hotter than we'd like to see, which may be an issue in a crowded parking lot.

The solution? Just set it to a lower temperature. In our low-fire test, it hit close to 490ºF without much variance in temperature across the cooking surface. Depending on what you're cooking, this may be perfect, or it could be too hot. You could always heat only one burner to get around that problem, and for hot dogs, burgers, and the standard game-time fare, this grill should do just fine.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Difference Between A Check and A Check Stub

The difference between a test and can sometimes become confusing, especially if you're just beginning in the area of banking or being used for the first time. Most often, employers that compose or publish checks will submit a check and into the employee to describe how the final cover was calculated. But, there are cases where a payment is made by check and no is connected, which is frequently the case for contractors or independent employees. Vice-versa, the ones that are compensated through direct deposits might only receive the as proof of the payment.

What is a check?

According to the site, a check is "a written order directing a bank to cover". When a person receives a check as payment, then it supplies bank consent for them to obtain the check's full amount, which can be taken from the account of the check provider. If funds are not available (inadequate), then no funds are dispersed. As a legally binding document, tests can be utilized in court as a contract between the author and its recipient.

What information does a check comprise?

Three kinds of information are on tests - recipient information, supplier information, and bank information. Recipients will locate their full legal title, the amount they have been paid on the check in both the numeric and standard numeral form. Traditionally contact info of the author can also be on the test, to add their name (or company name), address, and contact phone number. Bank information which contains the bank's routing number and the account number of the writer. In addition, some banks can have a logo prominently shown.

What are the most common applications of checks?

Checks are most widely utilized in exchange for a good or service. They represent legal tender and function the same performance as money.

What is is a record detailing the information included on a check. Considering checks are submitted to the lender in exchange for its cash value, no proof of the transaction is kept by the person(s) cashing the check. Thus, are traditionally retained by the check recipient as a receipt.

What information does comprise? come in a variety of forms like payment test which are used in payroll or company that are given to contractors. The most frequent information contained on the contains the recipient's name and account identifying information (employee number, last four digits of social security number, etc), the company information of the check author (title, address, etc), and the check amount, and a breakdown of how the check's final value was calculated (deductions, fees, etc). On certain those records of payroll), a history of payments over a time period may be present.

What are the most typical uses of

Most frequently act as proof of earnings by the receiver. As an authorized record of payment, these records verify the amount which was received and is most frequently used to report proof of income.