This has been a question for many because most of the time one child is playing while the other one is resting in the swing. If you are a mom of twins and have been asking the same question, you will get the answer that you need right here. There best baby swings that you can choose from and most likely your twins will be satisfied taking turns using it. Kids are adorable and your excitement will just make you want to buy everything you can think of for them, especially if it’s your first time being a mom. To clear up your head whether you need to two swings for your twins or not, read this post.

Why one swing is enough

For other things, you are definitely going to need of them like the car seats, socks, and other personal things. Having one swing is enough because after some time, your kids will grow out of them and you will end up giving away your swing. First of all, you will not be using it that often and it is mostly when you are alone at home with your twins while your husband is out. You will see that while the other one is busy playing on the floor, the other one is fine with just sitting in the swing observing everything that’s happening. Now you need to make sure that the quality of the swing is good because you want it to last long. Buy one from the list of best baby swings to be sure that you are getting one that has a very high quality. Putting one child in a swing, helps you focus on each of them one by one and have undivided attention. They can always take turns and this will even teach your twins the concept of sharing in this early stage.

If you think you need two

There are couples who prefer to have 2 baby swings for their twins because they think they need it. This is for extra busy people who want a place where they can put their twins while they work around the house or take care of other stuff. What they usually do is they place the twins on the swing and play with the twins at the same time. Children can nap together while on the swing and that can definitely buy you a lot of time to do other things. You can use them for up to 6 months before giving them away, but the convenience you will get within the 6 months because you decided to get 2 swings for your twins is precious. (more…)

Despite all the hype, sink and faucet prices have little to do with performance. We’ve also found that who made your sink or faucet isn’t as important as what it’s made of.


Major brands for sinks and faucets include American Standard, Delta, Elkay, Grohe, Kohler, and Moen. You’ll also find several major types:

Top-mount sinks. Also called drop-in and self-rimming sinks, these sinks sit directly on top of the counter. They’re the easiest kind to install and can work with any countertop material. But they tend to attract grime around the lip and can detract from fancy countertops. Price: $100 to $500.

Under-mount sinks. These offer a sleek look and easy cleanup, since you can wipe counter spills and crumbs directly into them. Faucets are installed into the counter or mounted on a wall. But they tend to be pricey and work only with waterproof countertop materials, not laminate or most woods. Price: $200 to $1,000.

Farmhouse sinks. Also called apron-front, these work well with traditional or country kitchens, though stainless versions also work with modern designs. Most are deep, single-bowl designs with the faucet in the countertop or wall. But they’re pricey and require a special cabinet. Water can drip on the cabinet, causing damage. Price: $900 to $3,700.

Trough sinks. These long, narrow sinks typically serve as prep or bar sinks, spanning 8 to 14 inches wide and up to 50 inches long. Longer versions can be used by more than one person at a time. But they’re pricey and too narrow to fit drawers beneath. Price: $500 to $2,100. (more…)

If you’ve ever sawed molding or flooring by hand, you know how hard it can be to eyeball angles and keep a firm grip on the job. Portable miter and table saws are trimming away more of that guesswork and elbow grease as they move from contractors to homeowners.

We focused our tests on compound miter saws and table saws with 10-inch blades, a common size large enough for most projects. Compound miter saws let you adjust the blade’s crosscut angle as well as its downward angle, or bevel, before you lower it to the wood. Sliding versions can handle wider lumber by letting you also push the blade inward. More models now project a bright red laser line to help you line up your cut.

Need to rip-cut a length of shelving or trim a door? Portable table saws have blades that project up through the cutting table like larger versions, yet are easy to move where you need them. Most come with folding stands or wheels. The latest are easier to adjust and use.

We also tested the first table saw that stops the blade when it contacts a hand or finger (see SafetyWise, below). While we found several saws to recommend, some top saws and features cost top money, and several models are worth trimming from your list. The details:

Paying more buys more miter saw. You can spend just $100 for a low-scoring saw. But paying as little as $30 more buys you faster, more accurate sawing-important for cutting molding and other decorative trim. Among sliding models, a $500 Bosch sawed through our hickory 4×4 and oak 2×6 boards more briskly than similarly priced models.

Some table saws are bargains. Faster sawing and better accuracy mean cleaner cuts and less wasted wood. The $450 Ridgid TS2400LS sawed fastest and delivered precise rip cuts, yet costs $50 less than two lower-scoring models. Close behind the Ridgid: the $230 Ryobi BTS20 and the $300 Hitachi C10RA3.

Cordless didn’t cut it. The $330 Bosch 3918 is among the few battery-powered miter saws. Besides costing far more than most plug-in electric saws, the cordless Bosch was the slowest and least powerful in this test. We managed only 50 cuts though our pine 2×4 before its battery ran down. A spare battery, which costs $65 to $75, isn’t included.


While you can rent miter or table saws for about $45 per day, a single project can easily make buying one worthwhile. Keep these considerations in mind:


By installing two instantaneous hot water heaters and tapping into a pipeline used to dump hot water from a neighboring factory into the Milwaukee River, a leather tannery here is saving about $136,000 a year in costs for natural gas it uses to heat nearly 225,000 gallons per day of hot water.

How to do?

Construction of a 200-foot pipe tapping into a conduit that carries from 3,000 to 4,000 gallons per minute (gpm) of 80-degree water from a neighboring food processing plant cost the Gebhardt-Vogel Tannery Co. $4,000. The project is currently saving $4,000 a month by delivering 800 to 900 gpm of preheated water to the plant, according to president Edwin Schendel.

Furthermore, the installation of two Thermefficient 100 instantaneous hot water heaters manufactured by Kemco Systems Inc., Brookfield, Wisc., is saving a total of $7,200 a month, or about $86,400 a year, in avoided natural gas costs, he said.

Schendel also said that the tannery was saving an additional $2,000 a year in maintenance on the conventional heaters that were replaced. He explained that because the Kemco units heat water instantaneously with no storage, chemical treatment and blowdown are not necessary.

According to Kemco special applications manager Al Jenneman, the units save energy by bringing supply water directly in contact with natural gas burner flames.

While conventional hot water heaters have efficiency ratings of 60 to 70 percent, the efficiency of Kemco heaters is guaranteed to reach 99 percent, he said.

The first Thermefficient unit, installed in 1982 for a total cost of about $90,000, is saving about $72,000 a year in hot water costs and paid for itself in energy savings after about 15 months, Schendel said. It is currently delivering up to 220 gpm of 150-degree hot water, he said.

Following the success of this installation, a 100 gpm Kemco unit was installed in a neighboring building last year, according to Dennis Schwartzlow, plant manager for Gebhardt-Vogel. At a total cost of $40,000, this water heater is saving about $14,500 a year, and is scheduled to pay for itself in energy savings after about three years, he said. Schendel attributed the longer payback to the fixed costs of new plumbing necessary for the installation.

What Schendel said?


The broiling noonday sun has hardly visited the United States, and the result through the beginning of July was a so-so selling season in most parts of the country. The best anyone could say was that volume picked up in June, giving hope for a solid year.

Air conditioners: No sweat just yet Mad dogs and Englishmen are not much help in moving room air conditioners this year.

There have been a few scorchers, notably around Memorial and Independence Days in the Northeast, and in the wake of Hurricane Bonnie in the South and Southwest. A few firms claimed their year through June has been successful or above average, crediting promotions or judicious inventory management. The others, retailers and manufacturers alike, were waiting for an extended thermal blast.

“I almost wish you’d call in 30 days,” remarked Chuck Marino, vice president of marketing for Friedrich.

The latest figures from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (see below) showed shipments of room air conditioners declined 24.8 percent in January-May from the year-ago period. The comparison with 1985 is significant because that year is not recalled with fondness. However, the consensus is the gap has been narrowed or closed, and there is optimism 1986 will be a decent sales year.

“Sitting here on July 1, I feel a lot better than I did last year,” said Bernie Tymkiw, Fedders’ vice president of sales. “In 1985, the industry was pretty good to May; then from June on, it was flat.”

In 1984, Tymkiw recalled, June was very hot and everyone stocked up. Added Jerry Michelsen, product manager at General Electric: “The 1985 carryover plus the 1986 deliveries made the pipelines bulge.” With hotter weather in some regions and more attention to inventory, “we are moving toward more normal business.”

“We feel pretty encouraged at this point,” noted Jeff Horlacher, WCI’s vice president of room air conditioning. “We’re very pleased, considering the level of carryover from last year.” (more…)

Lots of kids go on cross-country road trips with their families, but how many kids make the trip riding a lawnmower? That won’t seem like such a crazy question after you read this story of a young man named Ryan Tripp. When Ryan was 12 years old, he often helped out with his family’s landscaping business. One day, as he and his father were heading home from a job, their truck broke down. Finding themselves stranded on the side of the road, his father told Ryan they would have to walk 10 miles into town. Ryan thought about the two riding lawnmowers sitting in the back of the truck and came up with an idea of his own. He convinced his dad they should ride them into town.

Riding a Lawnmower

After that day, Ryan started wondering if anyone had ever set a world record for the longest lawnmower trip. He read in the Guinness World Records book that a man in England held the record. Ryan decided he wanted to break the record and asked his dad for help. His dad found a lawnmower company willing to provide Ryan with a lawnmower plus some money to cover his expenses. (The lawnmower company would get some great publicity from Ryan’s trip!)

Right around that time, friends of Ryan’s family discovered that their newborn baby was sick and needed a new liver. Ryan decided to use his cross-country lawnmower trip to raise money for the baby’s lifesaving liver transplant operation. At that point, Ryan’s trip took on a whole new meaning: It was no longer just about setting a new record.

In the summer of 1997, Ryan set off. From where he began in Utah, he went northeast as far as Maine before heading south to Washington, D.C., covering 3,116 miles altogether. He traveled on back roads, led by a vehicle driven by his father and followed by another one driven by his grandparents. For 42 days, Ryan drove his lawnmower about 10 hours a day. His mother said Ryan’s “incredible drive to meet his goals” kept him from giving up along the way. Ryan made it into the Guinness World Records book and raised $15,000 for the liver transplant.