Jack Thomas Launches New Site

Anyone in the product review space is surely familiar with Jack Thomas. He has been reviewing all types of home appliance products for a few years now. And well, he just launched a new site — and it appears we have some competition! :)

Yep, Jack is now in the home improvement market! As you know, Jack and I are good friends, so I do consider this a bit of friendly competition. Jack’s site –JacksBestElectricGuide.com — is pretty slick. He’s got a great design going, as you can see. But most importantly, his reviews are VERY thorough — wow!!

Just from browsing her pages, you can tell he’s really put in the time and effort to test the products. That’s really the key, and something I try to do with my own site. When you’re putting out product reviews — another favorite site of mine is The Verge, where they also do great work — a lot of the effort comes on the front end. Of course, it takes time to actually write the review; but all your thoughts and ideas for those reviews come from when you’re actually testing the product.

So I’m certainly happy for Jack. He’s an excellent writer, and has a great eye for what makes a great product. We need more of those types of people in our business.

That said, I hope you continue to read my site, because we’re also be putting out some well-written reviews of our own :)

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Home Security Design

When people think of home style and design, they rarely think about their home’s security — but that can be a costly mistake to make. Every well-thought-out home design includes serious thought about the security systems put in place, not only for the safety of your family, but also to keep up with the current style of your home.

Here are just a few tips to design your home security base:

Purchase a firearm

Yes, we realize a LOT of our readers are terrified of this idea, especially if they have kids (more on this in a moment). But, the plain truth is that the single best deterrent and defense of your home is if you are armed. Hopefully, you will NEVER have to even take the gun out of the safe. However, if someone were to intrude your home, what better way is there to stop them than a firearm? Naturally, you’re going to want to get licensed, and trained, so you know how to use the firearm. Get trained yearly, so you don’t get rusty. It may sound like a drastic measure, but it’s certainly the most effective.

Secure that firearm

No one should have a gun in their home without the proper safeguards. That means investing in a gun safe of some kind. Certainly, if you have children in the home, this is a top priority. A safe will also prevent your firearm from getting in the wrong hands (i.e., the intruder).

A knife will work too

Are you just too nervous to have a firearm in the home? Well, Jack Sanford recommends a good survival knife as a 2nd pass resort. While a knife obviously doesn’t give you the versatility of a firearm, it’s a great tool to have in any hand to hand combat. If you are face to face with your intruder, the least you can be is armed with a sharp knife to disarm him if you can.

And those are just the basics here. Obviously, when we’re talking home improvement and design, security isn’t the first topic that comes to mind. But it’s certainly one of the most important.

Source: Jack’s Survivalist Blog

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Review

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum has been reviewed by more than 1,100 customers on Amazon, averaging a tremendous rating of 4.41 stars out of 5. It retails for around $200, and is both one of the best vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors and pet hair that you can purchase today.

Features

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum boasts of its powerful suction that uses advanced cyclonic technology, making for a strong, deep-clean. Its swivel steering feature allows for easy maneuverability from room to room, and the lightweight design makes it possible to vacuum around furniture. The canister on this vacuum is detachable and portable, making it ideal for cleaning stairs and upholstery. Other features include sealed vacuum technology with HEPA filtration, and a hardwood floor accessory with dusting pads.

Pros

Reviewers on Amazon highlighted how powerful the Shark Navigator’s suction is at pulling up dirt and dust, especially out of carpets. Its lightweight design and swivel steering also received high praise. Customers appreciated the dustbin on the Shark Navigator, which empties easily and fully. Other pluses were that there seemed to be no loss of suction when the wand was removed, it’s a great vacuum for hardwood floors due to the accessory, and that overall it’s a pretty great value price-wise.

Cons

A few Amazon customers noted how easily the Shark Navigator can fall or be tipped over, due to its lightweight design. Another issue mentioned is in regards to the floor-brush, which is narrower than average, so it can take longer to vacuum large open areas. The hose that connects the wand to the vacuum is also a little short and rigid.

Source: Consumer Reports

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