Jefé has an odd sense of humor.
He knows I am terrified of poison ivy. I would readily admit to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby if someone threatened me with a poison ivy leaf.
For that reason, Jefé always makes sure I’m the one in charge of weed control at our flips. He thinks it’s funny to watch me squirm.
It’s only fair, really, because being a plumber he’s the one who always gets stuck slithering through wet crawl spaces. Of course, he isn’t as afraid of spiders as I am poison ivy, so I might be getting the short end of the stick.
With that said, it gives me great pleasure to announce the winners of the inaugural Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence awards.
This is no small honor, and products must pass our strict testing procedures before being granted the Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence.
The first Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence goes to RYOBI for its 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Chemical Sprayer. This is one awesome tool. It has a one-gallon tank and runs off the same 18-volt battery as other RYOBI products.
Simply hit the power switch and you’re ready to go. No more messing with pump sprayers or squirt bottles. The RYOBI sprayer has great reach – easily spraying 10-12 feet – so you don’t have to get close to poison ivy. You can spray more than 30 gallons on a single charge of the battery.
The sprayer is available at online retailers for about $50, without the battery.
Be sure to control your spray, otherwise you’ll burn through a gallon of weed killer in about two minutes. I like to continually work the trigger. It saves weed killer and helps keep the pressure built up.
The second Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence goes to Fiskars for its Extendable Power-Level Lopper – a great product on several levels.
With the “Lopper,” you can extend the length of the handles from 25 to 37 inches.
Why is this important?
First of all, the added leverage doubles the cutting power. No kidding, this thing cuts through thick branches like they were made of butter.
But, more importantly, the handle extensions GET YOU FURTHER AWAY FROM THE POISON IVY!
I always cut poison vines that will smother a tree, and this wonderful device gives me an extra buffer of protection.
The“Lopper” sells for about $30, and Fiskars offers a lifetime warranty.
Congratulations to RYOBI and Fiskars, winners of the first-ever Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence awards, and for making two great products.