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Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  When I first heard that this book existed I had to have a copy, I ordered it without even reading any reviews of it, or worrying what exactly was in it.  That says something given the price of this book is about 50 dollars.

The reason is simple, Jefferson is one of my biggest heroes.  He was not a perfect man, we know his faults but we know his genius as well.  He sat with other founders like Ben Franklin and penned our Declaration of Independence, he served in our the Continental Congress and was our second president.

We know him as an author, a leader, a politician and a diplomat, he was all those thing but in his heart what he most wanted to do was to cultivate the soil.  In his own words he said as much when he said this….

I have often thought if heaven had given me my choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered and near a good market for the productions of a garden.

No occupation is as delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of a garden.  Such a variety of subjects, someone always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one though the year.

Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden.  But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

His Garden Book, more accurately this modern version with commentary and hundreds of letters from Jefferson to family, friends and business partners included is amazing.  It is a look into the world of early America.  It includes requests for seeds and plants both from Jefferson and from his friends back to himself.  You also get  some pretty amazing quotes on what this founder of our nation really thought such as this…

I know nothing so charming as our own country.  The learned say it is a new creation; and I believe them; not for their reasons, but because it is made on and improved plan.

Europe is a first idea, a crude production, before the maker knew his trade, or had made up his mind as to what he wanted.

This book is full of such wisdom and poetry and also simple letters, notations, planting schedules, landscape designs, sketches and more.  Fans of permaculture will see a lot of new ideas are really simply discovering old ones such as Jefferson’s work to introduce contour plowing to our nation, a practice which then spread rapidly.  You also see how much he valued plant diversity and utility for instance here is another quote…

The greatest service to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.

Oh by the way, all of the above quotes are just in the introduction of this book!

Reading it is like a 700 page treasure hunt where you find something akin to gold on ever other page.  A plant variety to research, made much easier by the editors notes and use of Latin names for many of them.  You also realize something about Jefferson, the man like peas!  I am talking every years entry starts out with something like, “Sowed a bed of peas, first soaked to better germinate“.  He was also fond of lettuce feeling if every family would simply sow a single thimble full of lettuce seed every Monday from February to September our nation would always be well fed.

This book is fantastic, if you love gardening you will love it, if you love history you will love it, if you love the concept of liberty you will love it.  Now if you love all three, then like me you won’t just love this book you will consider it a heirloom in your library.  My copy is full of underlines and side notes.  Some day when my grandchildren read it, they won’t see a perfectly preserved antique, I hope it will as tattered with my own thoughts and interests, frayed and yellowed a bit.  And my hope will be that they too will see that indeed these ideas are timeless that liberty and freedom can exist only when men and women care enough to feed both their stomachs and souls though the tending of plants.

A few times a week I open this book and read a few pages, it is like walking with Jefferson, in Monticello and learning something new everyday.  Some days I read from my last bookmarked spot, others I just randomly open it to a page and it is always awesome.  So consider adding a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book.  It will also make a treasured gift for anyone who loves history, freedom or gardening.

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Felco F-2 Hand Pruner – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Item of the day is the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners.  To me pruners are a tool that you absolutely go with the “buy once cry once”, model.  I have owned many different ones over the years, from cheap ass stuff, to mid priced stuff like Fiskars and say Corona.

Some were complete crap, some like Fiskars and Corona are damn decent but nothing compares to Felco.  I found Felco by asking a few different nurserymen what they used, including Bob Wells and most said Felco.  So I bit the bullet and ponied up 48 bucks for a pair.  This was hard to do as you can get a decent pruner for 20-30 bucks.  In the end though, there is the best and there is the rest.

My mantra is buy the best you can afford.  So when we are talking cars, I fall back to 2nd fiddle but when you are talking 50 bucks for an item you will use often and use for years I say step up to the best.

These cut like a razor and are easy to sharpen, see video below on sharpening options.  Personally I use a simple carbide sharpener like this.  Note that I linked to the two pack of sharpeners, because it is a dollar more than buying one, and well I can’t understand it but I sure as hell take advantage of it.

And after many seasons if you really wear out that blade, what then?  You just pick up a replacement blade and install it and rock on.  Winter is here and the next few months are ideal for pruning.  And many of us are doing back yard orchard culture and prune several times a season.  So if you want the best hand pruners you can get check out the Felco F-2 Hand Pruners today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Some folks with smaller hands find the F-2 to be a bit large, another option is the F-6 which is the scaled down version, it also has the ability to have the blade replaced and women and smaller handed people may find it more comfortable.  You do give up some leverage though, so it won’t cut larger limbs quite as well.

Also if you just can’t bring yourself to spend 50 bucks on this tool, my number two pick would be the Corona 6250 at 28 bucks and my number 3 pick would be the Corona 7100D at about 20.  If you want to go under that, just by generics from a box store, expect to be unhappy and expect replace them in one season or less.

P.S.S. –  This video shows how to sharpen and clean pruners.  I jumped ahead to 1 minute and 9 seconds in because I figure you can work out how to clean dirt off yourself.  What I like about this video is he shows how to use several different tools so you can find the one you think works best for you.

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Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier.  Eric is the author of other books such as Paradise Lot and Edible Forest Gardens (which he co wrote with Dave Jackie).  This book though is the most practical for the average homesteader that just wants to grow food without replanting every year.

In this book you will learn about over 100 perennial veggies and what it takes to grow them.  Eric covers more than just a list of plants.  He goes into some plants that are ideal for aquatic systems and others that you can grow in green houses along many that can be grown in most of the United States out doors.

I feel there is a great deal of work to be done with breeding and developing more perennial vegetables but Eric’s book is the most concise guide to where were are right now I know of, that is why I have it on my book shelf.

On that, on this book I highly recommend going for the hard copy over the kindle version.  There are a lot of photos, charts and other visual components that simply work better in hard copy.  Along with the fact that the kindle edition flatly has some editing and lay out problems.

So if you want to up your game with perennial veggies check out Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms.  I decided to do this item today because when I came in from  my morning rounds I had to order a new bag for my “little chickens”.  Who are the little chickens?

Well if you check the video at the bottom of this article you will see them nomming on some of these mealworms.  They are four bantam cochin chickens who live with the quail in my aviary.  The hope is now that they have begun to lay they will go broody and hatch some quail eggs, raise the young and allow me to have a steady supply of meat quail with little to no work.

Where the mealworms came in is I wanted to have something that when kids came to see the farm I could just pick up and let them pet, etc.  Bantam chickens are great for this, they are gentle and on some levels seem to even enjoy being held and pet.

I wanted a solid relationship with them, the view that when that big guy comes to the house, good things come with him.  As the birds in the aviary have food on demand, that means a treat was needed.  Mealworms were perfect for this.

So I cruised down to Tractor Supply and they had a 1.8 pound bag for 20 dollars.  Some quick math put that north of 11 dollars a pound!  Now I understand a dried worm is concentrated protein and since they are so light a pound is a lot of worms, but I am not paying per pound for a worm, what I would pay per pound or porterhouse steak!

So I checked Amazon and these were the best deal I could find, where customers were also happy.  Some similar priced brands had negative reviews that it was more like mealworm meal then mealworms.  So I ordered a bag of these and I am sold on them.  They get couple small handfuls a day and a bag lasts a VERY long time.

One note on that, my most recent bag didn’t last near as long as it should.  The bag is a zip close bag and well, I didn’t zip it one day, it fell off the rack where I store it, and I think the girls gave themselves a belly ache!

The quail eat them too of course which is great for their egg production.  So if you have birds or reptile or anything you want to feed mealworms too, 26.99 for 5 pounds is damn tough to beat and your birds will love you for it.  Note you can actually get a 10 pound bag for $50.99 which will save you a whopping $2.99, before you do that though, consider 5 lbs of worms is a damn lot of worms.

I do consider this more for the small flock owner, I don’t feed them to the ducks because there are just to many of them, but for folks with say a dozen birds these are a great addition to the diet and again your birds will love you for it.  So check out Hatortempt Bulk Dried Mealworms today.  They will make you and your critters happy.

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GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer.  I have tried a variety of liquid kelp fertilizers and this one has become my go to for quality and value.  First this stuff is highly concentrated, for instance a 16 ounce bottle will make between 16-32 gallons depending on how you dilute.  I generally go with 1 ounce per gallon myself for a soil drench and 1/2 ounce per gallon as a foliar feed.

Since I use a lot of it I buy it by the gallon, that comes to about 39 dollar with shipping but it still beats the price of 16.95 for a pint with free shipping, yet again a little goes a long way and many of you will be better off with the smaller size.

So what is the big deal with liquid kelp, at first the NPK ratio may seem like well, not so big of a deal.  As it is Nitrogen 2% Phosphorus .23% and Potassium 5%.  The key is all of that is 100% bio-available to your plants at application.  Again a little goes a long way.

The real key though is the minerals, Liquid Kelp gives your plants access to over 70 different minerals and they are all easily absorbed.    Here are some of the well established benefits of liquid kelp.

  • Improves seed germination and increases root development.
  • Increases bloom set and size of flowers and fruit.
  • Increases and stabilizes chlorophyll in plants, which results in darker green leaves and increased sugar content in plants.
  • Relieves stress in plants caused by extreme weather conditions.
    Increases plant vigor, and thus imparts a greater resistance to disease, insect attack, drought, and frost.
  • Increases microorganisms in the soil that can fix nitrogen from the air.
  • Increases mineral uptake from the soil and into the plant.
  • Increases the storage life of fruits and vegetables by retarding the loss of protein, chlorophyll, and RNA.
  • Retards the aging process in plants (senescence), thereby lengthening the production season.

The key with this stuff is how you use it.  In general about three times a season, early, middle and late I apply a soil drench of this stuff at 2 ounces to the gallon to my plants.  And about once every two weeks, I use it in a foliar spray directly on the plants at 1/2 ounce per gallon, I also use Garrett Juice at the recommend rate in this spray.  I combine this spray with Howard Garrett’s “Garlic Pepper Tea” every other application to control pests.  You just mix that up yourself, here are the instructions for that.

Let me tell you if you take two plants and do this with one and not the other for a single season you will be a big time believer really fast!  In fact I bet you won’t make it though the season without starting to use it on your control plant as in a month you will have all the evidence you need.

So check out GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer today, along with Garrett Juice Plus and Dr. Earth 4-4-4 All Purpose Fertilizer it forms the core of my go to for plant fertility.

Remember you can always find all TSPAZ Items of the day by just going to TspAz.com along with a link to Amazon’s top deals of the day.

P.S. – If you need a sprayer for your garden and trees, this one by Chapin is likely the best bang for your buck on the market.  If you need a large Back Pack Sprayer I own and love the Solo 475-B.  Since I bought mine Solo has released the Solo 475-B Deluxe Model.  It has more comfortable straps, a pressure regulator and brass nozzles.  It is likely worth the 50 dollar premium but the standard model at 90 bucks has served me well for a number of years.

 

 

Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blade.  I have always been a fan of using Reciprocating Saws (IE Sawzalls) as a tool for pruning trees or removing small trees where a chain saw would be over kill.  It is especially nice for small trees that you want to cut off flush to the ground.  They also make a less damaging cut when pruning large branches on fruit trees.

The big thing though is safety.  I have used chain saws since I was 12 years old and thank God I have never hurt myself with one.  I have seen quite a few injuries though and they are pretty awful.  One thing I realized is that these injuries almost never happen when felling large trees, or bucking trees.  Then tend to happen when people are doing work on small trees and small slash.

The rule is simple, TWO HANDS ON THE SAW AT ALL TIME THE CHAIN IS MOVING, the end, infinity.  But when working with bushy stuff sooner or later the temptation becomes too great, a hand comes off the saw and in time sooner or later flesh and bone meet moving chain.  My grandfathers words ring true,

Moving machines and tools have no sympathy, no conscious and no respect for human beings.  They don’t care if they are cutting wood and metal or flesh and bone.  You are the one with the brain so act like it!

In that spirit many years ago I thought, wow all this little bushy crap doesn’t really need a chain saw.  Took out my sawzall and instantly was a convert.  If it can be easily cut with a reciprocating saw that is what I use.  It is lighter, quieter and safer so why not.

Over the years I tried a lot of different blades, the blade in the video below is just a stock “wood blade”.  Most left something to be desired when cutting trees.  I found a few good “specialty blades”.  They were however expensive and the best one I ever found was the T-Rex Extreme but they went out of business.  Trying to make a company on one product is pretty tough!

So one day I decided to give these a whirl and to this day they are the best, highly available and affordable pruning blade I have found.  They end up costing about $3.70 a piece and you get a LOT of cutting out of a blade before you need to switch it out.  If you look at the tooth pattern it is clear why they work so well, it is very similar to a scaled down bow saw blade.

One of the best uses for this set up is one you don’t really think about until you need to do it.  You are digging a trench for say some irrigation pipe and you come across a root, a big root, one that is really hard to cut out with a shovel or a mattock.  Are you going to shove your chainsaw down into that dirt and rock mess?  Nope but two swift cuts from a sawzall and you just pop it out and move on.

So if you own a reciprocating saw, consider picking up a set of these.  Again I have tried a lot of different blades but bang for the buck I see Porter-Cable 9-Inch Pruning Reciprocating Saw Blades as the best you can get right now.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you are in the market for a reciprocating saw I truly do bleed yellow and black Dewalt blood.  This is the saw I would recommend, The Dewalt 20V MAX.  However it is a bare tool only at 107 meaning you need chargers and batteries so I only recommend it if like me you want to standardize on Dewalt.

I have to admit that the maker of these blades Porter-Cable makes damn decent tools and they have great pricing as well.  This set of a Porter-Cable Drill and Sawzall will give you a 20V Saw, a 20V Drill, a Battery and a Charger for about the same cost as the bare Dewalt saw.  Is the Dewalt a better tool?  Yes.  If I didn’t already own Dewalts and needed something for home owner level use, would I say it is that much better?  No.  Brand loyalty only goes so far.

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Note this video is old, really old, I have lost a lot of weight
and gained a lot of gray hairs since then.

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Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Note – This is an encore item and one I am bringing around for the fourth time this year the reason is they just dropped the price to under 29 bucks.  Since I first reviewed this item over 700 of them have been purchased by TSP members and I have only had 100% positive feedback on them.  At the time in my view they are the best deal on grow lights you can find.

We are also headed into the fall and winter gardening season, time to get those greens, broccoli, etc plants started before it is too late.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light.  I just discussed this item yesterday on the show but I am so impressed with the value of it I am featuring it for the TspAz item of the day.

To grow well plants need full spectrum lighting and as LED technology has advanced it has become the go to choice of professionals in the indoor farming market.  Not only does it grow plants with greater vigor than florescent lighting it has a massive cost savings in electrical use and LEDs last a long longer so the longer equipment life cycle further drives down total cost.

Still the cost of quality LED grow lights has been quite high and it has held back the small time and hobby gardener for quite a while.  Recently some low cost lights have come along and worked okay but were made so cheaply that they would often fail in 90-180 days for many users.  And with that any savings was gone.

Over the past two years a company called Kingbo began producing some smaller LED grow lights and developed a good reputation with them, but they were two small to be useful to me for starting flats of seeds.  When they came out with the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light I was pretty happy but figured I would wait a while and let others try it out and see what kind of reputation it had after some use by the market.

It has now been around about 9 months and seems to have maintained a good reputation.  I also like that they offer a full 12 month warranty and a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee.

The big thing I like is how well it works, see the video below of one youtuber who tested his on basil and watermelon.  When you hear me talk about healthy and stocky seedlings this is what I am talking about.  I like this light so much that I recently ordered 4 of them for my own seed starting this year.  I’ll be putting together my system and sharing it with you soon.

In any event if you are looking for a great grow light to start your own plants indoors, of do indoor farming with a grow tent, check this one out, at 29 dollars with 4.6 stars with over 160 reviews it is hard to beat on the current market.   I do expect over the years for this technology to continue to improve and become more affordable, but at present time the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light is my current top choice of what is available.  I have waited long enough to adopt LED grow light technology.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. Check out these videos testing testing the Kingbo Reflector 45W LED Grow Light.

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Dr. Earth Premium Gold Organic Fertilizer – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Dr. Earth Premium Gold Organic Fertilizer.  This is part of my 4 core item regime for producing healthy and heavy bearing plants.   I have written about this before but my four core items are, GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp Fertilizer, Garrett Juice Plus, Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation and of course Dr. Earth Premium Gold Organic Fertilizer.

So given there are many fine quality organic solid fertilizers, why have I settled on Dr. Earth Premium Gold?  First is that it is a balanced fertilizer, with an NPK ratio of 4-4-4 and what that means is that you are always giving your plants a good boost of all three primary nutrients.

Next is the make up, here are the ingredients: Fish meal, fish bone meal, mined potassium sulfate, soft rock phosphate, kelp meal, seaweed extract, and earthworm castings. Also contains humic acid (5%), aloe vera (2%), and yucca extract (1%), and prebiotic microbial food – soluble sugars (7%). In other words it doesn’t rely on any single source and hence you get a much more balanced source of nutrients for plants.   Also note the humic acid included here, this goes beyond just fertilizer, it helps build soil and make all nutrients easier for the plants to absorb.

Of course you know that I am big on building soil as well, which is one reason I recommend a fungal inoculation in addition to fertilizers and foliar sprays.  Well Dr. Earth Fertilizer builds upon that, because it contains seven strains of beneficial soil microbes plus ecto and endo mycorrhizae to build up even more soil biology.

To really dive home how well this combination works take a look at one of my wicking beds.  These beds were planted with small plants about 5 weeks ago.  On planting the roots were dusted with fungal inoculation, I put a small pinch of Dr. Earth Premium Gold Organic Fertilizer into the hole with them and they have been twice sprayed with a mix of Garrett Juice and Liquid Kelp.  I think you will agree the vigor, growth and health are all very evident.

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So give Dr. Earth Premium Gold Organic Fertilizer a shot on your garden today.  FWIW if you need a large supply there is an option for twelve bags that are each 4 pounds, at $120.05 it will save you about $64.00 over buying them at $15.00 a piece.  That said a 4 pound bag or perhaps two will serve most vegetable gardeners well over a season. Again I just drop a small amount into the hole when I plant and about once a season I pull back mulch, add a pinch around my plants and water it in after replacing the mulch.

When I establish a new bed I also scatter a small amount across the entire surface before adding the mulch layer.  If you want to really push things into super high biological activity, sprinkle a small amount of dry molasses on the soil at that time as well.   Due to shipping costs I recommend  you source dry molasses locally, most garden and landscape shops will have it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Lanchez Dirty Water Submersible Pump – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Lanchez Q450B82V Submersible Dirty Water Pump.  I have run a few different pumps in my aquaponics and aquatics system and this one is by far the best.   First it is only 1/2 hp and yet it throws easily as much water as the previous low end 1 hp pumps we were using.

For the power it offers it is reasonably low draw.  While the manufacture does not provide the watts draw, the pump runs at 115V @60hz drawing 3.92 amps.  I ran a calculation rating the power factor at .5 (50% to be conservative) and came up with a draw of 390 watts which is again conservative, and I would say not bad for the water this thing moves.

How much water you ask, 3696 gallons an hour at 5 feet of lift which is about what I am running the two I am running right now, I have to throttle the one in my pond system back quite a bit.  The aquaponics system is running 16 discharge points with the furthest at 60 feet from the pump and it all runs like a clock.  Again with just a 1/2 hp pump!

Here are the gallons per hour are different lift heights…
I am just gonna say it, moving over 1000 GPH at 25 feet is pretty damn impressive.  This pump is well built, I have been running my oldest one now since February 24/7/365 and it is humming along like the day I installed it.  And man these things are quiet!

I absolutely love the integrated float valve and find the style of it to be much better than the detached riser style of many other pumps.

Rather than use the enclosed hose adapter I use a 1.5″ slip & thread PVC adapter, my main systems run on 1″ delivery pipes so I simply use a 1×1.5 bushing in the adapter and everything fits like it was designed to work together.  My second favorite pump is still the Danner 02660, it is a great pump but the Lanchez is like 3 times better and costs 8 bucks less!

Oh and of course you will need a separate float switch for the Danner.  The only reason I am running the Danner in my Timber Frame Pond is I already had it and it works, going forward I am standardizing 100% on the Lanchez Q450.

Oh and lets not forget the actual intended purpose of this pump, as a sump pump for things like a basement to prevent flooding.  If I had a basement, this pump would be in it!

So if you are building a new system of any of your aquatic/aquaponic systems, need an upgrade, or just need a great sump pump check out the Lanchez Q450B82V Submersible Dirty Water Pump today.  I have been testing out various pumps now for 4 years, and this is the best value I have found.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun.  This thing is cool it is basically a very accurate digital thermometer you use by just pointing it at a surface and pulling the trigger.  It emits a small red lazer dot, you put that dot where you want to know the temperature and just like that you know the temp.

So what can you do with that, oh so much.  Here are just a few things you can do with a temp gun.

The other day my buddy and I were working on my new aquaponics system and were wondering how much water the rain tanks were holding off of my barn.  Point this thing at it and look for where the temp falls off, there is your water line.

Cooking something that says to saute at say 220 degrees for your pan temp, how exactly do you get that info, well point, pull the trigger and done.  Same thing with your grill, find those cool and hotter spots on that grill for cooking and moving food to cooler safe spaces.

Want to know how much cooler that area under shade or shade cloth really is, not just the air temperature but the surface temps where say your live stock is living, point and pull and you know.

How about finding either warm or cool micro climates for planting trees, shrubs, etc on your property.  Or how about finding out how successful your micro climates you create on purpose are?  For instance the berms we put in our west pasture are on average 20 degrees cooler than the ground surface of the surrounding area, how do we know, with one of these.

What about finding hot or cold loss areas around your house so you can shore up energy losses.  As we all know the best ROI on energy isn’t solar panels, it is increasing efficiency of what ever system you have for energy.

Do you know how well your AC is working.  Try this take this and point it at your air intake and get a reading.  Let your AC run for a few minutes than take a look at the temps on your ACs output vents.  The difference in temps is the amount of cooling your AC is currently giving you.

Is your wood burning stove hitting a solid 400-600 degrees for a good efficient burn, are you sure, you could be sure you know.

So how many things in the world do this much for under 20 bucks?  Seriously?  One word of advice is measure temps at about 1 foot from the surface for best accuracy.  That is how the unit is calibrated to work best.

So check out the Etekcity Lasergrip Digital Laser Temperature Gun today and let me know your thoughts on other things that it can do in the comments below.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.