Thermos 16-Ounce Travel Mug (Keeps Coffee Hot)



Every once in a while I’ll buy a new travel mug but so far none of them have managed to keep my coffee hot for more than 15 to 30 minutes.

These days I brew up a pot of coffee each weekday morning and then pour it into a Thermos brand thermos. It does a great job of keeping coffee hot through most of the day but once a cup is poured out it would cool rather quickly.

Last week I ordered a Thermos brand travel mug (Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug) and it is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I can fill the mug in the morning and whatever I haven’t drank will still be hot near lunchtime. Some may not be too keen on spending $20 for a travel mug but it’s easily worth the cost. It does such a good job of keeping the coffee hot that I waste less and may even begin brewing up just half a pot in the mornings.

Airplay Wireless Headphones (Apple TV & Jailbroken iPod Touch 4th Gen)



I’ve had a wireless headphone set for a couple of years, which I use to listen to TV late at night in our bedroom. The set has worked great but we recently rearranged some areas of our house and though I like the headset the charging base took up a lot of space on the mantel and its cables added to some additional clutter.

Rather than put the wireless set back in place I decided to go a different route and instead use a relatively-unused iPod touch as an Airplay speaker for the Apple TV in the bedroom.

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Craftsman Lawn Tractor (917.289081) Won’t Crank/Turn Over


The Short Version: I had improperly routed a new belt, which damaged the brake safety switch. Re-routing the belt and replacing the switch will fix this problem. A new switch is relatively inexpensive. Photos and links are included in this post.

A few weeks ago I (incorrectly) replaced the drive belt on our Craftsman lawn tractor. My mistake, which I didn’t learn immediately, was to improperly route the belt through the front part of the mower. Instead of going to the right of the brake assembly I went to the left. This caused the belt to wear against part of the brake system. Unknown at the time, not only did this ruin the new belt but it also damaged the brake safety switch.

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