TV without Cable – How to Cut the Cord – Commercial-Free & Legal Viewing

Finally I can watch TV without cable and get all my shows commercial free. I review Sony VUE and Hulu to see if the time has come to cut the the cord and save. My cable/internet bill used to be almost $160, now it’s half that. And soon it can be more as new competitor like Sling TV and Tivo are getting ready to come to market with more online ways to watch quality shows like Scandal, Better call Saul, Grey’s Anatomy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc..


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Scarecrow Sprinkler Wildlife Deterrent: Follow-Up Review

It’s been a month since I bought the Scarecrow Sprinkler, so here is a follow up video I posted on youtube. The good news is, the sprinkler is doing its job: The raccoons are still in my backyard but they have learned to stay away from my veggie pad. The one thing I am concerned about is having the water on and connect through a hose to the system 24/7. So after a leak with a light duty hose I upgraded to a more robust heavy-duty hose that is doing the job…

A more expensive alternative is the hose-free Havahart Sprinkler, it looks like a solid system and just like the Scarecrow Sprinkler has favorable reviews on Amazon. But it is almost 4x the price (ca. $180).

The follow-up video shows night-vision footage of the ScareCrow sprinkler and I was actually able to film a raccoon. I used a trail camera that is also motion activated and would start recording whenever something would cross its path. I’m still looking for that “money shot” of a raccoon being hit by the scrinkler water, and I’ll post it as soon as it happens. 🙂

Overall, I’m very happy with the system. No battery drain, consistant motion sensor, no leaks once I replaced the hose and most importantly, finally, I’ve been able to keep my friendly neighborhood raccoon away from my veggies. As a matter of fact it’s been weeks since I’ve found any traces of him actually entering my yard. I’m hoping he is moving on to easier pastures.

Solar Outdoor Lighting Review

This solar lamp has 32 individual LED lights, a photovoltaic solar panel, and 2 rechargeable lithium batteries. Solar outdoor lights recharge during the day, automatically turn on at dusk and remain illuminated overnight, depending on how much sunlight they receive during the day. This light has three different settings so you can choose to have the light come on through motion or stay on by itself. It also has a dim mode where the light runs at half power and only switches to full power when it senses motion (through human induction).

Wildlife Deterrent: Do motion activated sprinklers keep your veggies safe?


We live in an urban setting in Los Angeles and our backyard is a dream for the local wildlife. Organic veggies, chickens & rabbits, they all thrive in our garden and present attractive opportunities for raccoons, bobcats, squirrels or any other wild creatures eager to wreak havoc

Every morning I find deep holes in my lawn and raised garden beds. Often times the plants are either eaten or ripped out and tossed aside. I’m pretty sure it’s a raccoon digging for grubs and he visits us every other night.

After researching and trying all kinds of deterrents I finally came across a motion-activated sprinkler system and finally gained the upper hand. A raccoon has a relatively small territory of just a few blocks and roams through it repeatedly for new feeding opportunities. Trapping or poisoning are not really options as it is illegal, inhumane and only temporarily fix this problem.

The youtube clip shows the ScareCrow sprinkler by Contech in action. This product has over 2000 reviews on Amazon with a 4.5 star rating and it does the trick. It costs around $55.

Watch follow-up review here…