Category Archives: Product Reviews

Favorite hand tools – a new series

Guys, how many of you have a few hand tools that ALWAYS live up to your expectations?  I have some and they never let me down, not in the rain, snow, hot summer or when I’m in a hurry and don’t use them exactly as intended.

One such tool is my air gauge.  I use it to check pressures in all our tires; from our 3 SUVs to the 4-wheeler to our trailers, bikes and even to thinks like a two-wheel dolly and our portable generator. So many of my things have wheels and with those wheels – TIRES.

Invest in one of these and you won’t be disappointed.  This Accu-Gage has been a steady high performing tool for years for me and I have it in my lifted Land Cruiser at all times.

Click the picture to check it out on Amazon, this thing is selling for under $20 with the protective rubber cover.  This cover wasn’t on my original Accu-Gage, but I think it is a great addition to protect it from the occasional drop on hard concrete or a rock.

I’ll be posting up my favorite tools weekly, so check back often!

Take care guys! Clay

Tracking the weather can be fun

I’ve recently gotten into tracking different weather phenomenon especially since moving to Northern Virginia.  We’ve enjoyed four real seasons here, but sometimes the weather is different just in our little neighborhood than it is about 5 miles away…

I chalk this up to the mountains to our west.  They seem to create a little micro environment where snow and thunderstorms thrive.

Do you enjoy tracking the weather where you live?  This is a small weather station by Oregon Scientific that could be a start into this wonderful hobby for you and the family… check it out.

41% OFF Oregon Secintific Backyard Pro Wireless Weather Station w/ Weather Sensor – $49.99 at, ends 1/26

If you guys are into the new Smart Home controls, has tons of this stuff at great prices.  I’m considering the wifi camera doorbell button!  Click below to see what they have available…

Review of the Topdon T01 – Makes a good present for anyone!

Guys, if all your loved ones think you have one of everything, this may be something you should look into…  My relatives think I’m the tool king, but I didn’t have a super portable car starter and device charger.

These devices are now becoming very affordable and as such no self respecting Do-it-Yourselfer should be without one of these great tools.

Watch this video to see me put this thing to the test, Texasknowhow style!  Haha

Link here to the device for purchase –

Click here to see my review – 

New GoPro Hero4 Silver

I’ve had a standard definition GoPro since probably summer of 2011 when the company first produced a digital version.  Their first small cameras actually used film!  My little GoPro didn’t get too much use because about the same time, everything else was going High Def (HD) so I purchased a Sony cam corder that was about the size of the palm of my hand and shot awesome footage.

My Old Standard Def GoPro Hero

But now, I’m all about the GoPro again.  The company has done a ton of development and has gained customer base in just about all the sports and crazy things folks do around this globe.  Yes, there are several competitors out there including Sony who has a very small and capable wearable camera.

Sony’s little camera

Once the GoPro guys were able to capture 2.7K HD and do it at 60 fps, I had to take a look.  This coupled with the pretty much unlimited supply of mounting options (all my old mounts would work with this new camera too), I was in.

I used some Health Points from a work program and turned them into a Amazon Gift Card worth $200.00, combined that with $139.00 and I had a GoPro Hero 4 Silver on the way with Prime 2-day shipping to boot!  Sweet!

The newer GoPros have a LED back panel for viewing the shot live and also replaying existing footage and also for the menus. It’s a touch screen. Very handy

There will be many more post as I learn the ins and outs of this little gem, but I’ll leave you with this quick video of a winter sun-set in northern VA.  Until next time, take care all!  – Clay

Finally some Camping!

Was dark when we got it all installed
Was dark when we got it all installed
Starting to close it up
Starting to close it up

Getting out of town y’all – We are about to head out for a camping trip which will be in some ways original for us.  Testing out new gear is part of our whole purpose at TexasKnowhow and this will be a memorable one.

I’ve always wanted a Roof Top Tent (RTT) and finally we’ve managed to get one – it took a significant Birthday to trigger such a spend, but man am I happy! 😉  We’ve bought a RTT by ARB from our friends at Cruiser Outfitters in Utah.  Kurt and the guys there were happy to help, fast with the order and had our items coming to us with 24 hours of me contacting them!  That’s service guys…  If you have any off road equipment needs or specialty equipment you’ve been interested in checking out, you need to call Kurt Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 10.54.20 AM

I’ll be posting several videos on my youtube channel and link them here in a few days.  We’ve got plenty of footage of the unpacking, vehicle prep, install and demonstrating the opening and setup as well as the closing and make-ready for the road of this tent system.

More to come!  -Clay