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Power Tools 101: Spend The Money

You Get What You Pay For

Sometimes you can truly spend less and get a deal. Most of the time this is not the case. When you elect to go for a cheaper product, you will either get less of the product or a much lower quality of a product. Whether you need an everyday product for work or just something to do small projects around the house, cheap power tools should be left to those not fortunate enough to have read this article.

In this case, I am referring to the Genesis GCD18BK 18 volt cordless drill. When the drill is fresh off a full charger it works well for a quick job, it comes with the necessary accessories and feels great, looks professional. The problem is, the next time you need to drill a hole and screw in a few screws, the drill will probably not be ready, unless you charge it right before you get started.

I bought the drill way back in 2016 and I doubt that I have used it more than 50 times. I am pretty sure that I have not overcharged and killed the battery. For the $40 I spent, I am not complaining, just saying that this is something you should look out for.

If I were to start a large renovation project, I would probably buy a new drill. Something with a higher capacity battery, maybe even two batteries. I would also invest in a system with a better battery charger as well.

With all said, I’ve lived and learned a valuable lesson. Hopefully, after reading this article, I can save you some time and heartache too. Even if you are only a hobbyist, spend a little money so you can actually enjoy your hobby.

 

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5 Essentials for the Keto Kitchen

If you are used to grabbing something on the go, eating on keto can be hard.
Generally speaking, most fast food options are smashed between two pieces of bread.
If you have ever been interested in learning to cook, food preparation or you just love kitchen gadgets this is for you.

Kitchen Essentials

1. Pressure Cooker

In my option, the pressure cooker is essential regardless of diet. If you don’t know much about pressure cookers, it is pretty much like a slow cooker and a microwave had a baby. Imagine cooking a roast for an hour and it being so tender you can slice it with a butter knife. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, it should be high on your list of kitchen upgrades. If you are “old school” there are stovetop pressure cookers as well.

2. Blender

Blenders are good for much more than making fruit and vegetable smoothies. While recreating your favorite Starbucks and Tropical Smoothie Cafe drinks are in order, throwing items that need mixing in the blender will knock minutes off your favorite new low carb recipes. I personally enjoy mixed drinks fresh out of the blender.

3.Food Processor

While most modern blenders can chop, slice and dice food, a true kitchen gadget guru would want a dedicated food processor.

4. Measuring Cups/Spoons

Once you get knee-deep into the ketogenic diet, you will definitely want to try to recreate your non-keto favorites. Low carb versions of bread, pasta, cakes, pies, cookies and much more will require lots of measuring and a complete measurement set is in order.

5. Mixer

Once you realize that the ketogenic diet is now your life, a brand new mixer might be in order. While a hand mixer will do for most situations, modern stand mixers can really mix up ingredients quickly. With bread, kneading is sometimes necessary and a kneading hook will save your hands a lot of work. This is by far the most expensive item on the list but it also looks the coolest on your countertop.

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