Executioner Electric Fly Swatter

Executioner Electric Fly Swatter

I have bought two other electric fly swatters. Each of them worked okay, but had their share of problems. One of them, for instance, was constantly sparking before it touched anything which would scare the flying insects away before I had a chance to execute them. The other one seemed to daze the bugs without actually killing them. The Executioner is the best one I’ve owned, hands-down. It is quiet and gives a sufficient enough zap to kill even the nastiest things like large hornets. Before we go out and buy one, let’s explore the often asked question of whether or not electric fly swatters are safe.

Are Electric Fly Swatters Safe?

Having used an electric fly swatter for 3 years, I can state with utmost certainty that they are definitely not safe for flying insects. The Executioner electric fly swatter is the least safe of all because it destroys flying insects the most efficiently. Your greater concern, however, might have been whether or not these electric fly swatters are safe for humans. Electric fly swatters are activated by pressing a button. The button needs to be continually pressed-down while it comes in contact with a flying insect. You absolutely can give yourself a non-fatal shock by holding down the button while striking your other hand. I was dumb enough to try this myself the first time I took it out of the package. It was not a pleasant feeling, but it certainly didn’t cause me nearly as much harm as it would one of its intended, flying victims. I suppose the single, biggest danger of an electric fly swatter is that it might make you daring enough to be around dangerous flying insects like hornets or wasps. Some worry about whether or not electrocuting flying insects is cruel. I’ll speak to that.

Are Electric Fly Swatters Cruel?

I remember when Bug Zappers came out back in the 1980s. We sat on our back patios, sipping cocktails and beer, while we listened to mosquitoes fry by the thousands. None of us ever worried it was cruel. The sounds of these harmful pests crisping in the still of the dark night was music to our ears. Consider the filth and germs carried by flies. Consider the danger presented to us by hornets. No, it is not cruel to use an electric fly swatter.

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How to Dethatch a Lawn with the Greenworks Dethatcher

Wondering how to dethatch a lawn without becoming inflicted with a sore back and blisters on your hands? Who isn’t? As much as I look forward to Spring time and the great, Colorado outdoors, I always dread the thought of dragging a rake through the lawn, pulling up thatch, and then bending over to bag it. Dethatching a lawn is not only a bit tiring, and hard on the back, arms, and hands, but it is a tedious process, especially if you have a huge lawn. Even with my medium-smallish, yard, I always wonder where to begin. Even a small yard has a lot of dethatching surface if you’re going to do it all by hand. Since buying my Electric Kobalt Lawnmower 6 years ago, I am no longer able to use my inexpensive, Arnold Power Rake blade which I bought and reviewed here several years ago. Upon waking up one morning and realizing it was time to rake, I finally decided to look into an electric lawn dethatcher.

Greenworks Dethatcher

14-Inch 10 Amp Corded Model 27022

Greenworks Dethatcher

The Greenworks Dethatcher is a very light-weight, corded, electric lawn dethatcher. There are no blades to mess with from your lawn mower. It’s a stand-alone tool that does one job and one job only: Dethatches your yard. It comes with several, inch-long tines that rotate via an electric mower. There is no bag included, so keep in mind that you will still probably want a rake to rake-up the thatch in big piles or you can try using your mower with grass catcher to collect all the thatch. Upon first use I went over my entire lawn in a matter of minutes and was able to easily mow up the thatch into my grass catcher. However, I wondered if I had really done a good enough job dethatching. Though it seemed to I had only a half-bag of thatch. A week later I learned how to dethatch a lawn much more effectively with the Greenworks dethatcher. I will share it with you.

How to Dethatch a Lawn Electrically

How to Dethatch a Lawn

The key to dethatching your yard properly is to go slow and take your time. The Greenworks dethatcher, in fact, is very effective at pulling up the thatch if you focus on going over areas slowly, and spending more time on dry, heavily thatched areas that need more attention. You can also gently back-up, then go back and forth over an area several times. You will quickly notice the thatch piles up the most where it is most heavily thatched. Though the cord is a bit of a nuisance at first, I learned to route the cord to one side of where the job is and work away from it. It helps to do a lawn in two or three sections, so the cord is out of the way. You’ll notice from the picture that there are nice piles of thatch after the job was finished.

Thatch Piles

The thatch shown here is after raking it into small piles. Only light raking was required. The job, overall, takes much less time and effort than raking by hand. My front yard shown here is very thin. I never get anymore thatch than this when I spend the extra time and effort doing the back-breaking work of hand-raking. I think dethatching the yard this way did a much more thorough job especially after doing a second run a week later. One of the benefits is that you won’t mind doing it again if you have to. It’s really pretty easy.

Are Retractable Hoses any Good

Retractable hoses started showing up on, As Seen on TV, over a decade ago. Next thing you know, you could find them just about anywhere. Their portability and light-weight made them instantly appealing, but the quality of construction was questionable. I didn’t have enough confidence in their durability to replace my regular, heavy-duty, 100′ hose, and also I had questions about their water pressure and application capabilities. Since that time, the number of choices of retractable hoses has increased considerably and the level of quality has dramatically improved as well. But, like any hose, you will get what you pay for. It’s no longer a question of whether or not retractable hoses are any good. What matters most is which retractable hose you buy and how you intend to use it. While I now how have a total of three retractable hoses, I still need to have one regular hose as I will explain why in the comparison below.

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