I have a vacuum cleaner that is made for use in hotels and office buildings. It has a lot more suction than vacuums made for home use and a rotating brush in the head. If you would like to borrow it, give me a call. It's surprising how much dust this thing can suck out of a carpet that looks clean!


A handheld cordless vacuum cleaner gets into places where other vacuums don't work well or at all, like sucking out the dust that accumulates under sofa cushions and on car seats and floor mats. I have a lithium battery Dustbuster that you can borrow anytime.


If you need to iron something, like for a job interview or a wedding, remember that I have an ironing board, a steam iron, and spray starch in the Tool Shed. Just ask me for the key if you want to iron something.


Do you need an extra table for a banquet or a picnic? I have a folding table that measures 30" x 72" unfolded. It folds up to 30" x 36".

KILL-A-WATT Energy Monitor.

Energy vampires are electrical devices that consume electricity when they are turned off. Everyone has them. Your home is using electricity 24 hours a day, whether you are home or away. Most energy vampires use electricity to receive a signal, like from a remote controller; or they have a clock, timer, and sensor inside them that is always running. Some small electrical devices use a surprisingly large amount of electricity when they are turned off. For example, an Xbox One consumes over 100 watts of electricity an hour while it is turned off. That is because it is always in standby mode, which means that it is using electricity so it can receive a signal from a remote controller. It can cost you $50 a year to keep an Xbox One or Playstation plugged in, even if its just gathering dust and nobody ever uses it. Larger energy vampires can burn up a lot more than $50 a year. Some plasma TVs consume over $150 in electricity per year while they are turned off. Many other small appliances that you might not think of energy vampires actually do use electricity while they are turned off, including toasters, blenders, hair dryers, and electric toothbrushes.

Kill-A-Watt Monitor. If you would like to know just how much electricity your household gadgets and appliances are using while they turned off as well as on, I have a Kill-A-Watt electricity monitor that you can borrow. This monitor is very easy to use. It was designed at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. The Kill-A-Watt monitor shows you just how much every electrical device in your home costs you by the day, month, and year. You might be surprised by just how much some infrequently used electrical gadgets cost you. The Berkeley Lab estimates that between 5% and 10% of all the electricity consumed by average the U.S. home is used by energy vampires. The Department of Energy estimates that energy vampires cost American consumers $20 billion a year.


This little shop vac is great for cleaning out automobiles. It is lightweight and has a lot of suction.

Mark Tarses

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