As I’ve stated here many times before one of my favorite magazines is “The Family Handyman“.  In the August issue there were a few new products, at least new to me, that I thought I’d share with you.

Future-proof dimmer switch – If you’ve taken my electrical basics class you know that you must buy
special CFL, halogen or LED bulbs for dimming.  In many cases you must also buy a special dimmer switch.  Lutron has a special dimmer switch that has a dial behind the cover plate that you can adjust to make the dimmer work with whatever light bulb you are using now or in the future, this should eliminate the flickering, lack of adjustment at low settings and other problems you may be encountering. Drilling large holes in tile – If you have ever tried to drill holes in ceramic, granite or marble tile you probably know how difficult, if not impossible, it can be.  This handy drill with a guide and water delivery method for cooling may be the answer to your problem.  They are apparently available at home depot so give a try and let me know what you think.  Brutus tile hole sawTurn anything into a flashlight – It’s a miniature flashlight that can be attached to just about  anything, you can turn it off and on easily with just your thumb and it has a replaceable battery, unlike some of the other types on the market.  Put it wherever you need a little extra light, for those of us over 40 that’s just about everywhere:) Thumb Lite