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It seems like there’s a never ending supply of gadgets to assist the homeowner in hanging pictures and shelves; it’s not like it’s rocket science, is it? Here’s an interesting one — the Kapro Prolaser Set-A-Shelf which combines a ruler, level, stud finder, sliding stops, and a class II laser into an all-in-one measuring tool.

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Browsing the Lee Valley website, I discovered yet another way to hang pictures on the wall: the Push & Hang hanger. This is in addition to the long line of other ways to hang pictures, including Monkey/Hercules Hooks, 3M Command picture hanging strips, push pin picture hangers, or the trusty old hammer and nail.

EZR offers a few reasons to use Push & Hang hangers over the other methods: They install fast with no tools, there’s no mess to cleanup, and they’re reusable. The command strips aren’t reusable, and a nail requires a hammer, but for the most part the advantages they give apply to the other methods as well.

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Floating floors have come a long way from the crappy picture of wood pasted to a pressboard substrate; now you can even install floating ceramic tile floors. Besides actually being real ceramic or porcelain tile, the floors promise to be much easier and less messy to install.

Two such floating floor systems are Cerama-lock and SnapStone.  Rather than using glue or other adhesive to stick the tile in place, both use trays which snap together and hold the tiles. These systems can be installed over most hard surfaces with less prep than traditional methods of laying tile.

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Jokari’s magnifying Medi-Grip remover opens many different sizes of medicine and vitamin bottles and helps you read what’s on the label. Alternatively, you could ask your pharmacist for a non-child proof cap, but who remembers to do that?

The remover is constructed from a soft plastic that grips the caps and conforms to your hand to give you more leverage opening the container. Embedded in the top of the remover is a 4X magnifying lens.

A single remover will run you $4 to $5 before shipping. Hmm… I wonder if it works on twist-off beer bottles.

Medi-Grip Remover [Jokari]
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Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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You need a funnel to direct a wild-flowing fluid into a barely-accessible opening, but you also need two hands to steady and hold the fluid container. If you can get the funnel to wedge in place so you don’t have to hold it, consider yourself lucky — otherwise you either need a helper or a tool like the UniFunnel.

Made from a glass reinforced polyamide, the bright yellow Unifunnel resembles a pair of spring-loaded pliers. When you release the handles, four stabilizing prongs expand to grip any opening from 1-1/4″ to 2-1/4″. Then just insert any standard funnel into the adjustable rings and pour.

A single UniFunnel will run you $15 shipped. Note: Not advisable for beer consumption.

UniFunnel [Corporate Site]

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Do you stay awake at night while you’re on vacation wondering if your pipes are freezing or if your freezer full of beef is still frozen?  If you had the FreezeAlarm from Control Products you might sleep more soundly.

Connect the Deluxe FreezeAlarm to your home phone line and it can call up to three telephone numbers and give a voice warning if the temperature is too high or low, if the power has failed, or if its own backup power is failing.  If you’re curious you can always call the FreezeAlarm and it’ll tell you the state of those three things.

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