The Handyman’s Trade Tuesday Checklist


Post-Thanksgiving shopping has traditionally been known as the time when shoppers anxiously—and sometimes rabidly—wait in lines to take advantage of incredible deals. Even I, Professor PEX, have fallen victim to many a Post-Turkey-Day shopping frenzy. I have more complementary blank CD’s and $10 blenders than I know what to do with—and don’t even get me started on the $3 DVD’s! That is why this year, rather than running into a store and impulsively (or “compulsively”) tossing anything I can get my hands on into my shopping cart, you will find me at my computer on Trade Tuesday (November 30th), wisely and comfortably “adding items to cart”.

Being a self-prescribed handyman and a repeat-offender of all things DIY, I am always on the lookout for products that are both good for my home and good for my wallet. And with the cold weather emerging, there is no better time to ensure you have all the essentials to prepare your home for winter. Just refer to this handy checklist, courtesy of your friends at, when you are online shopping on Trade Tuesday and you will be ready for whatever winter has in store for you.

  • 1. Digital Programmable Thermostat: Just set it and forget it. Program your thermostat to heat or cool your home at times you designate, so that energy (and money) is not spent keeping an empty house heated. Finally, you can wake up to a toasty home each morning and return home to a cozy house each night. Best of all, you will be saving money at the same time—does anything sound better than that?
  • 2. Radiant Floor Heat: Do you love the feeling of walking on sun-soaked hard floors? With radiant heat, you can enjoy warm floors any time of the day, any time of the year! Heating a room from the floor up feels warmer and spreads heat evenly. Since you can keep your thermostat set at 2-3 degrees lower than you would with a forced air system, radiant floor heating means saving big bucks on your energy bills. Consider Wirsbo Joist Trak Panels for a quick and easy solution. They can be installed beneath the subfloor, on walls or ceilings, or even above your existing floor—a great option especially if you want to avoid any heavy-duty floor renovations.
  • 3. Easy Heat Products: Say good-bye to frozen pipes and snow build-up on your roof. Easy Heat’s line of Pipe Tracing Heat Cables and Roof & Gutter Deicing Cables are must-haves for icy-cold climates. Install the Pipe Tracing Heat Cable along the length of your water pipes to keep them warm and freeze-proof throughout the cold winter months. Set up the Roof & Gutter Deicing Cables to prevent ice from forming along roof edges, in gutters, drains, and downspouts, making it easier for melt-water to flow off and saving you the hassle of clearing ice and debris by hand.
  • 4. Pipe Insulation: Keep your pipes flowing during the cold season by equipping them with pipe insulation. Therma-cel and Insul-lock pipe insulation are designed with cold temperatures in mind and limit heat loss, condensation, and frost formation on pipes. Starting at less than $1/foot, pipe insulation is a simple and affordable way to effectively utilize heat that would normally be wasted and reduce your energy bills to both keep you and your wallet happy.
  • 5. Tankless Water Heater: Tired of pouring money down the drain? Tankless Water Heaters heat water only as it is needed, saving energy by not heating water that is not being used. These systems are compact and efficient, and while they are a bigger initial investment than the other items on this list, they pay for themselves over time and bring additional convenience and comfort to your home.

This year, make your Post-Thanksgiving online shopping worth your buck, and keep your inner handyman (or woman) happy with promises of a warm and efficient home this winter.
Happy Shopping, Happy Turkey Day!

Guest Blogger: Professor PEX

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