Tech and Home

06/23/2017 09:35 PM
June 23rd, 2017
Why repair your patio door?:"Signs that indicate the repair and replacement of the patio glass door:Many of the people now place patio furniture and take the advantage of that furniture. People can enjoy their meal sitting and relaxing on the patio furniture. The patio door is something that will give a lot of attention, even these highly designed patio doors will require repair. The patio glass repair Ft Lauderdale is the best repair service providers. The glass and mirror repair Miami w [...]
06/23/2017 03:13 PM
Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope
 If you’re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they’re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More
06/23/2017 12:09 PM
A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System
 I’ve been following the multiple “easy” brewing systems available online for a while now and have never found one that truly spoke to me. Devices like the Minibrew seem great but price and shipping problems have always kept them out of my boozy little hands. So, rather than wait for the perfect automatic system, I decided to look at the Catalyst Fermentation System, a $199… Read More
06/23/2017 12:00 PM
Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites
 Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. What Satellogic… Read More
06/23/2017 09:51 AM
Logitech’s Slim Combo for iPad Pro really boosts your portable productivity power
 Logitech has a long history of making keyboard accessories for iPad, and it has a new product out in time for the release of the latest iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 updates. The Slim Combo, which is available for either size device, includes a back cover case with an integrated Apple Pencil sleeve, and a keyboard that uses the iPad’s Smart Connector. The two piece approach results in a slim… Read More
06/23/2017 07:22 AM
Razer makes virtual currency push with $20M investment in Asian payment firm
 Razer has invested close to $20 million into Malaysia-based online payment firm MOL Global as part of a push to establish its virtual currency for gamers in Asia. The deal sees Razer subsidiary ZV-Midas buy equity from existing backers MOL Investment and Hotel Resort Enterprise in a deal that values the MOL Global business at around the $100 million mark. Gaming company Razer, which made… Read More
06/22/2017 01:28 PM
The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels
 Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their “Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring,” a watch-like wearable that “bites” you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels. The system uses a shape memory alloy actuator which contracts when heated and then snaps back into… Read More
06/22/2017 11:27 AM
Smell PGH lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh
 Today in odd apps I present Smell PGH, an app that lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh. Why would you do this, you ask? Well hold on. “If you smell something bad in the air, chances are that air isn’t good to breathe,” said Beatrice Dias, project director for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab. “Smell PGH provides a way for citizens to… Read More
06/22/2017 10:05 AM
Amazon’s Echo Show gets more practical by adding support for smart home camera feeds
 Amazon today announced a notable new trick for its next-generation Echo device, the Echo Show (aka the one with the screen), which could make it a more compelling purchase: it will be able to display the live streams from a number of smart home cameras. Already, companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, Logitech Circle 2, and IC Realtime have created Alexa Skills that… Read More
06/21/2017 07:25 PM
Google Glass is apparently still around — and just got its first update in nearly three years
 Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them — the $1,500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates. In its first update since September 2014, Google Glass got a “MyGlass” companion app update, some bug fixes and now supports Bluetooth. Read More
06/21/2017 01:09 PM
The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet
 In a hole in your pants there lived a wallet. Not a nasty, dirty, wet wallet, filled with the receipts and cigarette papers and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, boring wallet that fit nothing and there nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Baggizmo wallet, and that meant lots of gadgetry. It had a perfectly flat folder design, with a programmable NFC chip installed. The wallet… Read More
06/23/2017 01:00 PM
Bright Idea: London Street Lights Converted to Electric Vehicle Charging Points
It sounded kind of far away when announced in 2013, but German renewable energy firm Ubitricity’s plan to convert street lamps to electric vehicle chargers is now underway in London, making it easy to plug in just about anywhere in the Hounslow borough of the city. Owners of electric vehicles simply order a custom charging
06/22/2017 01:00 PM
Radbahn Berlin: 6-Mile Sheltered Bike Path to Run Under City Train Line
A long unused strip of space weaving through Berlin is set to become a bicycling boulevard, sheltered by the tracks above and lined with bike service stations, recreation areas and food trucks. This latest rails-to-trails project has six miles of space to work with, connecting major roads and multiple neighborhoods. Completely disused aside except as illegal
06/21/2017 09:00 PM
Hyperloop Hotel: Zoom from City to City in a Luxury Lodging Pod
Hyperloop transit is about to make the world a whole lot smaller, and with it could come a system of luxurious private pods outfitted like high-end hotel rooms so you can zoom from one city to the next in unprecedented comfort. While it might seem like there’s little need for such cush train cars when
06/21/2017 01:24 PM
Living Light: 11 Transforming Kinetic & Illuminated Art Installations
Rippling, unfolding, slithering and glowing like bioluminescent creatures, these kinetic and illuminated works of art are mesmerizing to watch. We can’t help being fascinated by the combination of light and motion, especially when it’s integrated into clothing, responds to our gaze or voices, or is engineered into monumental interactive installations of laser beams for our
06/20/2017 01:00 PM
Pollution Pops: Sewage-Ridden Public Waters Frozen into Horrifying Popsicles
A stomach-churning twist on classic frozen treats, 100 stabilized ice pops made from Taiwan’s polluted lakes, rivers, beaches and ports feature an unsettling array of sewage found in public waters. Each of these edible-scale popsicles was first frozen then preserved in polyester resin and wrapped in packaging. Diverse flavors feature ingredients such as plastic, arsenic, mercury
06/20/2017 10:15 AM
June 20, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
In just a few days, I leave on the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Dawn ship for a one-week cruise to Bermuda. WOOT! I've never been on a cruise before. I've been in contact with the NCL public relations department and they're working with me trying to get me into non-public areas of the ship so […]
06/20/2017 08:40 AM
Treated Lumber Rotting
Treated Lumber Rotting TIPS Treated lumber does rot - it's a dirty little secret the industry keeps Preservatives might not be formulated correctly Products are available to minimize water infiltration into treated lumber DECK COLLAPSE VIDEOS - watch them below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: In just a few […]
06/20/2017 07:13 AM
Porch Decking
Porch decking needs to be prepared and installed properly to get a lasting porch. Composite porch decking is not always the best porch decking material. Wood can make a great long-lasting front porch decking.

06/19/2017 09:09 AM
Concrete Stain DIY
Concrete Stain DIY TIPS Multiple ways to change the color of existing concrete Stains work best on steel-troweled smoother concrete and require diligence Best DIY method is easy-to-use concrete resurfacer products - add pigment for color Stenciling concrete with the resurfacers produces the most dramatic look CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! […]
06/19/2017 07:05 AM
Concrete Steps Leaking
Concrete Steps Leaking TIPS Concrete is not waterproof - common misconception Water can enter tiny hairline cracks Special concrete epoxy stops water  WATCH concrete epoxy video below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I live on the upper floor of a converted villa. The access is by a stairway at […]
06/16/2017 06:35 PM
Matching Mortar
Texture and color matching of your mortar to use in a brick or masonry repair job takes a bit of legwork. You will have to determine the size of the sand used in your mortar. Your mortar will also need cement and lime. Bricklayers from your area may be able to direct you to the source of sand used in older homes.
06/16/2017 04:41 PM
Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic tank maintenance is a must. Without proper maintenance, septic tanks can fail. Follow these do's and don'ts to keep the septic system and leach field working for years.
06/14/2017 07:20 AM
Attic Fan Installation
An attic fan can help lower excessive attic temperatures. Solar attic fans are available, but have limitations. Electric powered attic fans are available with thermostats to help conserve energy.  Wind-powered turbine vents are another option, but require Mother Nature to supply the power.
06/13/2017 10:18 AM
June 13, 2017 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
I'm in the early stages of a huge project I've been putting off. Decluttering all the storage areas in my house is my new summer project. Besides getting things in order, a secondary positive benefit is that I get to meet interesting people. Just this past Sunday morning, I was out on my driveway talking […]
06/12/2017 10:08 AM
Paying Contractors Up Front
Paying Contractors Up Front TIPS Deposits put you at a huge disadvantage Deposits are only required if job has special-order or custom non-returnable materials Professional contractors don't need deposits - see below Watch How-To-Hire-A-Pro video series below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! A little over a week ago, I devoted part […]