My New Year’s resolution

Tipman Tim Blog

Most people make new years’ resolutions about cleaning up their diets or beginning a new exercise routine. Not me! I thought I’d start the new year off right by adding a bimonthly blog to my website. It’s here that I’ll write about my adventures in tip-testing and researching and...

BOGUS! Avoid the foil decorations

It’s a nice idea, I know — sit around the kitchen table with the kids and craft some beautiful, handmade ornaments your family will cherish for years. Well, don’t be fooled. There are some instructions going around the Web for “How to make a foil ornament,” using sticky-backed HVAC...

Don’t be a sap


If you have any Christmas tree sap stuck on your hardwood floors, try WD-40 before using the harsher chemicals.

Join the club


Most people pay for their holidays with a credit card. As the debt piles up, so does the stress. A simple solution is to open a Christmas Club account at your local credit union. It may be too late this year to join a Christmas Club but consider starting...

Light up your life


When you go out to buy your Christmas tree lights, make sure you get the “LED” kind. LED stands for light-emitting diode. These lights cost about the same as your typical incandescent lights, but they last a lot longer (200,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent). They use...

Stop the tree inferno


A dry tree is a serious fire hazard. If you want to see how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn, go to and type in “burning Christmas tree.” You’ll be amazed; a dry tree can be an inferno in less than 15 seconds.

Recycled wishes


After Christmas, don’t throw away those Christmas cards. Instead, cut them up and make hanging name tags for your gifts for next Christmas. You’re recycling and saving money!

A cut above


Here’s a neat little gadget (and a great Christmas gift !) that adds some innovation to a product that’s been around for years. The Savage Folding Jib Saw and Utility Knife works with any reciprocating saw blade, and quickly cuts into sheetrock and other surfaces, giving you some flexibility...

Gift tags for the sight-challenged

TipmanTim_permanent marker name tag

I have to tell you, I have a pretty sharp nephew.  When he was wrapping gifts over the holidays, he ran out of name tags.  What did he do?  He simply used a permanent marker and wrote the names on the wrapping paper.  Speaking as someone who now has...

Getting ready to move?


I recently read that moving just after the holiday season is a good time because you and your family can say your last goodbye’s at family parties and get togethers. But keep in mind it’s really important to do your homework before you hire a mover.  There are a...

Christmas decorating

Instead of buying expensive hangers to hang up your Christmas stockings, make your own. First, go to your local hardware store and buy a piece of “square rod stock.” It’s basically a thin piece of steel 3 feet long and 3/16 of an inch thick. Each rod will cost...

Don’t dry out your tree


You need to keep your live Christmas tree well watered. If the tree’s water reservoir goes dry, the bottom of the tree will close up and won’t accept any more water. If this happens, your tree will start losing its needles and will become a fire hazard. OK, let’s...