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As I type these words, we're in the middle of the biggest snow of the season here in Northern Illinois - another 6" having fallen overnight. Prior to the proper winter season, the last thing we finished outside was the construction of a massive new deck here at Rock Father HQ... but we finished in November, no time to enjoy it last season. Now, looking ahead to warmer temperatures for 2018, it's window-shopping season, and the folks at Char-Broil have just launched a new collection that's caught my eye - a new outdoor modular kitchen, available at Lowes. Outdoor kitchens have been a growing trend these past few years, but they've also been cost-prohibitive for a lot of families. Now, Char-Broil has brought the concept into reach for a much wider audience. Available now, the Modular Outdoor Kitchen includes the 5-Burner TRU-Infrared™ Gas Grill, the Outdoor Stove Top, Refrigerator, and more. Check out a preview...

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Thursday, April 24 2014 22:37

Garden: RESCUE! TrapStik for Wasps (Review)

Updated July 20, 2017. I've been buying these traps every season since this review was posted. Sadly, they're being temporarily taken off the market... for being too good. Read more about this new development here.

This is one of those rare occasions where I get to share an item with all of you that is supposed to accomplish a very specific task... and I have personal proof that it can do what it claims. With warmer weather hitting and families starting to spend more time outside, those biting pests are going to be emerging, and even though it's still kind of on the cool side - they're here. And this is the time to wipe them out. In our case, we have a WASP (not to be confused with W.A.S.P.) problem here at Rock Father HQ that's only been getting worse by the year. Paper Wasps are making nests everywhere - under the overhangs on the house, under the railings of the deck, inside the framework of our shed, and at one point they'd actually built in the legs of my old grill. If you can "Catch the Queen" in the Spring, you can keep the Wasps from building nests. That's where the RESCUE! TrapStik for Wasps comes into play...

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Tonight, AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS (from the producers of SURVIVOR and THE BACHELOR) will premiere on NBC (8/7c), bringing together 12 of the Nation's top designers in a competition to be crowned "The Ultimate Dream Builder" and take home a $250K prize. Designer Nate Berkus will be hosting, and with Lowe's as a sponsor, there's a couple of chances for YOU to get involved - first through their "Dream It Yourself" sweepstakes, and second, by entering for a chance to WIN a $50 Lowe's Gift Card, right here on THE ROCK FATHER! I've teamed up with NBC Universal to give you that chance, and your time is now...

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