Batch Search and Replace in VisualStudio Code

Have you ever needed to do search and replace multiple times against the same file or set of files. If so, the Batch Replacer extension for VisualStudio Code makes this very simple. Open a folder or file in VisualStudio Code Create a new file (no need to save it) and enter some search and replace […]

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Get Silky, Shiny, Soft, Smooth and Frizz-free Hair

A few years ago I tried a product called Leave-in Hair Treatment with Argan Oil by HSI Professional. It came in a red box and bottle. You just dab a little in the palm of your hand and massage it through your hair and it instantly makes your hair look and feel better. The ingredients […]

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Prevent an Open Avocado from Browning

Just submerge the avocado in water and put it in the fridge. I did this to half an avocado and after 4 days, it still looks good.

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Interior and Exterior Wood Stains

Following is a comparison of exterior wood stains on expensive redwood and cheap douglas fir. Exterior Stains and Sealers Olympic WaterGuard Sequoia Red Transparent Wood Stain and Sealer BEHR Premium Clear Transparent Waterproofing Exterior Wood Finish Varathane Clear Gloss Oil-Based Exterior Spar Urethane For the redwood, I didn’t want to change the color of the […]

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Create a Time Lapse Video Using Smartphone (Android)

Creating a time lapse video is great for quickly showing changes that happen over a long period of time, e.g. the sky changing from day to night. I recently made a time lapse video of a pergola construction project using an Android app called Framelapse. It’s a very simple app which takes pictures at a […]

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How to Install 4 Posts Square and Plumb (e.g. for a pergola)

This weekend I built the frame of a pergola. The posts are 6x6x10 Redwood posts and they’re heavy. We had the posts go 15″ in the ground but before pouring cement, we wanted to make sure the posts were level and plumb. To hold the posts in place while we measured, we filled buckets with […]

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Make a rectangular hole in cement with clean edges

I wanted to build a pergola in my backyard. The patio is a cement slab. I could fasten post bases to it for the posts but I felt that that wasn’t as safe as having the posts sit 1.5′ in the ground. The control lines of the cement slab are just bricks with mortar. I […]

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Easily Find and Remove Duplicate Files in Windows 10

I’ve decided to move move and back up files files in the cloud. This includes moving all photos to Google Photos. Apparently, I had many duplicate photos in different folders that needed to be reorganized and deduped. Fortunately, CCCleaner makes finding and duplicating files of any time free, safe and easy. As you can see […]

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Secure Heavy Bags with Rebar Wire Ties

If you need to securely close a really heavy bag, one option is to use rebar wire ties. You can buy a pack of 100 rebar wire tires at the Home Depot. Grip-Rite 67/100 ft. 16-Gauge Rebar Tie Wire (100-Piece/Bag) To secure, make a neck out of the plastic bag, fold the rebar wire tie […]

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Easily Install Hooks Using a Drill

To install closed-loop hooks, insert a hex key / Allen wrench into your drill and use it to drive the eye hook. To install an open-loop hook, insert a closed-loop hook into your drill and use it to drive the hook.

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