Josh Donald, co-proprietor of Bernal Cutlery in San Francisco, gives a lesson in Japanese whetstone sharpening.
Weapon of Choice
Planning to do battle…with a pork loin? Arm yourself with a top-shelf chef’s knife. These six are among the best available at a variety of price ranges.
The future of sleep is here
Introducing ComforPedic iQ™, the world’s first and only mattress to combine Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam with the revolutionary, patented Smart Response™ Technology. Sixteen internal chambers work together to naturally and continuously adapt to your body’s every position—all without motors or electronics.
With more than a few chores piling up, we powered up the cordless Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool to see if the brand’s new high-powered portable was worth the investment.
More Horses, Same Stable
So you’ve purchased your car of choice and remained within your diminutive budget, only to hope your routes are mostly downhill. You regularly scream, “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain!” a la Montgomery Scott as you try to merge with freeway traffic but are passed by a Biggest Loser contestant on rollerblades. You’re in luck. There are ways to bring your car’s horsepower to levels higher than Tom Cruise’s vertical leap, and they don’t have to cost you a large fraction of your annual salary. Just remember one thing, young man: with great power comes great
Get Your Glass in Order
There are serious benefits to matching your glass to your beer. Here’s our guide to the different types of glasses and the brews you should sip out of them.
Can a week of standing save you from a lifetime of sitting?
Should we all be working at stand-up desks? A GP correspondent reports on his week spent afoot.
Make those Dogs Bark
Standing desks allow you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the workday, keeping your body moving, your metabolism up and your mind focused. As they become more mainstream, their looks are improving and functionality is increasing. These five will help you take control of your work space and your health.
Sweet dreams are made of these
You shouldn’t need a reason to get more sleep, but we’ll happily lay the facts out for you anyway. According to National Institute of Health sleep expert Dr. Merrill Mitler, “Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.” Also, don’t buy into the hype surrounding sleeping less as a trait shared by the uber successful. It’s simply not true for the average joe. In Mitler’s words, “when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on one or two hours less nightly sleep.”
While there are countless factors that can prevent you from getting your fair share of beauty sleep, a poorly equipped place of rest shouldn’t be one of them. The path to a better night’s sleep starts here.
Elbow grease optional
Winter has the propensity to put a hurtin’ on your car, but those cold memories can easily be replaced with the right kind of DIY TLC. You don’t have to be the third member of Car Talk to find success in the confines of your own home garage — you just need the right tools and gear. (OK, and maybe a few tips from Tom and Ray won’t hurt.) The Home Depot is the place to get prepped for your home-mechanic needs.
One Stop Shop for the DIY Dad
Our top DIY dads offer project inspiration to make your dad’s day the best yet. Forget the boring striped tie this Father’s Day and give dad the gift of laying low with Lowe’s. Most dads enjoy spending their Father’s Day relaxing at home with their families, so this year, create an experience dad won’t forget for years to come.
With help from some of our favorite DIY dads from across the country, Lowe’s designed inspirational blueprints to help you make this Father’s Day memorable without breaking a sweat – or the bank!
From spending time bonding with the kids over a vegetable garden to building a DIY arbor to hosting a rustic outdoor Father’s Day party for your closest friends and family, find out what our dads have to say about their dream day. Visit our custom-made blueprints: here.
To help make your blueprint dreams a reality, be sure Dad has the following Father’s Day essentials: here.
The DIY Weekend
You shouldn’t need an excuse like Father’s Day to spend time with your dad. That’s where tackling a project together comes in. The right one can help you learn new skills and more about each other, while avoiding the awkwardness that comes after spending too much time at the table when he forgets his “sexy Betty” is still just “mom” to you. Start hatching plans at this year’s celebration using the thought starters below and remind any cynical (read: jealous) family members that it’s really just about “building, not bonding”.
The latest in multitasking mastery
When it comes to tools for do-it-yourselfers in the know, multitasking is key. Tackling a collection of jobs without stopping to hunt around the workshop not only saves time, it makes you look like a pro in the process. For over 80 years, Dremel has been putting that kind of power and panache into the palms of handymen, hobbyists and contractors alike; their Multi-Pro line of rotary tools not only invented that market, the Dremel name defines it.
Pop the Top With Style
Ten different top poppers for ten different kinds of bottle-opening guys.
Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend’s unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.
The Scent of a Man
There’s much to recommend drugstore deodorant: it’s cheap, reliable and easy to find. But how about spending a few more dollars to smell like bay rum, limes and peppercorns? Sign on the dotted line and check out our five favorites.
Haus Sweet Haus
Though opened nearly four years ago, the VitraHaus remains a pilgrimage-worthy menagerie of design. Located in the German town of Weil-am-Rhein and built by famed builders Herzog & de Meuron, the VitraHaus is series of stacked longhouses filled with an assemblage of classic and contemporary design goods for the home. Visitors are encouraged to not just gaze in the standard museum sense, but to touch and interact with everything. A walk-through had us rethinking our own homes.
From Delphi to Your Kitchen
Every once in a while, a product so revolutionizes your day that you feel compelled to brag to your friends about it. You fantasize about it throughout the day, and when you go to sleep, you can’t wait to get up, just so you can jump out of bed and use it. That good. Such is the case with the Breville Oracle, which promises — and delivers — high-quality, easily made espresso at home.
In the Kitchen with Chef Hervé Malivert
We’ve come to the ICC in New York specifically to meet with Malivert, a native of the Rhône region of France and the man who oversees anything having to do with centrifuges and liquid nitrogen. His knowledge of food and cooking is apparent. He’s both professor and craftsman, dressed in a crisp white uniform and tall chef’s toque, presenting eloquently about sous vide cooking while simultaneously demonstrating.
Cooking under pressure
Cooking sous vide, French for “under vacuum” allows us to bypass this obstacle by cooking at a low and very precise temperature; it’s the equivalent of walking up to the dartboard and pushing the dart into the bullseye. While it’s a technique that’s been around for professional chefs, Iron Chefs and DIYers for ages, the technology has only been available to the average home cook since 2009. As more machines hit the market, we decided to test the one that started the home sous vide revolution, the Sous Vide Supreme ($500).
Remedy that horrible mistake you just made, or just unclog your sink
You just drilled a three pointer like Kobe. Unfortunately, the hoop was the sink drain and the ball was your wedding ring/contact/paper boat (dear lord, don’t go down after that thing!). All is not lost. In fact, you’re about to both embark on a rescue mission and take a simple opportunity to check on an oft leaky, clogged or corroded piece of plumbing that’s an easy DIY fix: the P-Trap.
Up the Sitting Game
Not all desk chairs are created equal. Some — the best — have particularly heightened ergonomic benefits. These include the usual lumbar supports and breathable mesh seats, but as the prices get bigger so do the benefits: think customized size and suspension, extra supports, aesthetics for any office. These 10 great desk chairs might not be the cure for sitting down all day, but they’re a pretty good start.
Changing the landscape of home lawn care
The Kobalt 40V Max Outdoor Power Equipment ($149-$399) lineup is Lowe’s new family of cordless yard care products. With two lawnmowers, a string trimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, pole saw and chainsaw available at launch at affordable price points, their comprehensive collection seems aimed at homeowners who are ready to wholeheartedly embrace the cordless revolution. With a full selection charged, ready and waiting just outside of Jacksonville, we ditched our parkas and went to work.
Nowadays media streaming devices offer dramatically improved user experiences, access to a wide range of content at 1080p, and price tags easily within anyone’s budget, making it easier than ever to cut the cable company’s iron umbilical cord. We’ve selected the top five that should satiate any media user, aficionado to amateur.
Here's your soda, jerk
Given new life by the advent of SodaStream, the do-it-yourself home soda stand is becoming increasingly popular. With the ability to tailor CO2-infused drinks to individual tastes (and control sugar content), pop-aficionados and mixologists alike can don Dr. Pepper’s lab coat to keep themselves awash in bubbly. These are the best soda makers for doing just that.
Eureka is closer than you think
Science continues to prove that lighting affects our energy level, mood and sleep patterns more than we think — not to mention playing a tremendous role in altering the look and feel of interior spaces. Swapping out a traditional on/off switch for a dimmer is a fast home upgrade that provides immediate impact in any lighting scenario. We show you how it’s done.
Low Hanging Fruit
For anyone uncomfortable with pills, powders, shots and gels, Mother Nature offers an alternative way to stay healthy this winter. We’re talking berries, those tart little packets of juicy goodness. But beware: not all berries are created equal, and some go together better than others. Our resident fruitarian breaks down some of the most popular options.
Go Forth and Multiply
The Iris Smart Kit ($299) does a fantastic job of keeping our home in check, but a quick survey of the complementary products available for the Iris Home Management System, by Lowe’s, had us feeling like a pot-bellied biker with a bone-stock Harley at home. Accordingly, we tested out an Iris Kit army of great add-ons.
What is thy bidding, master
In the past, controlling the various aspects of your home meant micro-managing at individual stations: temperature meant adjustments at the thermometer; lights mean hitting the switch; and setting the alarm, well, that usually gets forgotten (sorry sweetie!). Sure, there are some damn fine products out there to streamline home base operations, but, like your niece’s Christmas choir recital, they lack the cohesion of a singular voice. The Iris Home Management System by Lowe’s puts you in the executive office of macro-management by instantly offering control of your home, from anywhere you please, through a single application.
Portable, with Power to Spare
We tackled a variety of chores, from the simplest deck demolition to re-framing the interior of a house, to help you choose the right path for your cordless cash. Here are our picks for the cordless power tool kits — including a drill/driver of some sort, a circular saw and a reciprocating saw — that do it best, along with notes on each individual tool.