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Storm Shelters

In the event of a storm it’s important to have a safe, durable, and accessible place to go. In this segment Tracy Forner takes a look into some unique and surprisingly versatile polyethylene storm shelters that provide a time efficient, and cost efficient way to give you peace of mind in anticipation of and during severe weather.
Keywords: Tracy Forner, storm, shelter, weather, severe, polyethylene, plastic, safe

Plant a Vegetable Garden

Planting your own vegetable garden can be a fun and rewarding process. We’ll give you some tips that will have you enjoying the ‘vegetables’ of your labor all season long.

Fix It in 15:00 – How to Seal Granite Countertops

Your granite countertops can take quite a beating. Luckily, Lou’s here to show you how to seal your counters to prevent stains and keep them looking like new, in just 15 minutes! 

Wet Bars

This week Lou met up with some professional kitchen designers to look at creating functional wet bars ideal for entertaining both indoors and outdoors! If you’ve ever considered building a new wet bar or updating on old one, here are some great tips ranging from design to materials to location.

Don’t forget to check out some of the crew’s favorite drink recipes!

Lou's Friday night Manhattan. 
3 ice cubes in a rock glass
3 oz Jim Beam Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
3 shakes orange bitters
1 dark Michigan cherry
Stir and enjoy.

Producer Regan's Moscow Mule

1 1/2 ounces vodka 
Wedge of lime
Cold ginger beer (not ginger ale)

Pour the vodka over ice. Squeeze the lime over the vodka, and drop the wedge into the mug. Fill the glass with the ginger beer and stir. You can serve it in a copper mug with ice. 

Audio Chris's Perfect Mix Margarita
Coarse sea salt, for rimming the glass
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau 

Place the salt in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a damp paper towel, then dip it in the salt. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau. Then stir until chilled.

Cameraman Bobby's New St. Sangria
2 Oranges cut into wedges
2 Apples cut into wedges
2 Lemons cut into wedges
2 Limes cut into wedges
1-1.5 Liter Bottle or 2-750ml Bottles of Red Wine-Does not need to be expensive. Do not use pre-made sangria wine.
1 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Cup of Gold Rum or more to fit your taste
1/4 Cup Coconut Rum
1 Can of Ginger Ale

Combine all the fruit into a large pitcher. Add the Orange Juice, Rums & Red Wine then let it chill in the fridge. Add a can of ginger ale and stir. You can put fruit in the cup if desired. Feel free to add additional ice to cool to your taste.

Assistant Editor Megan's Dark & Stormy (non-Alcoholic)
8 ounces Ginger Beer
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2-3 ounces pineapple juice
Crushed ice

Producer Jonathan's Old Soul Old Fashioned

1 sugar cube
Club soda
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 ounces Rye whisky
Orange slice
2 Cherries

Drop the sugar cube into the glass then add 3 dashes of bitters and a splash of club soda. Crush the sugar cube with a spoon then swish the sugar around the glass. Crush the cherries and squeeze the orange peel, add ice, pour in the rye whisky, and stir.

Rust-Oleum LeakSeal

Lou demonstrates a great new product that easily seals cracks to prevent leaks in a variety of surfaces such as gutters and piping. 

Magnetic Spot Scrubber

The magnetic spot scrubber takes the struggle out of cleaning difficult to reach spots on your glass wear.

Ask Lou Episode 134

Do you have a DIY or home improvement question? Well, go ahead and just Ask Lou.

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