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Welcome to our favorite site Inventors Paradise
I'm Tom Kershaw, the Inventor In Paradise

We're all about the business of product pursuit.

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Here you'll find videos, hints, tricks and horrors-
all about inventing - developing - marketing.
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We're here to help. Enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tree Roots

26 years ago we planted a small oak tree.  Now it's too big.  And once again, it interrupted our supply of irrigation water that sprays the lawn.
We dug a trench to discover tree roots  had again encircled and stretched two PVC pipes... until their fittings failed.   We relocated the lines and kept one root as a reminder to ... beware of Mother Nature

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weed Whacker

Sometimes a weed whacker just doesn't want to start. Why?
Today I pulled and pulled the cord. Yes, I pumped the primer bulb several times. No luck!  So, I took a closer look at the gas bottle and discovered the fuel lines seemed decomposed....soft....sticky...and collapsed. Random pieces of the gas line were resting in the fuel tank (see photos).  How can this happen? 
The hardware store had new lines for replacement...and couldn't explain the rotting gas line.
Later, I installed the new fuel lines, and cleaned the carburetor with solvent and an air blast.  I added fresh gas, pumped the primer and yanked the cord a couple times  Eureka!  The darn whacker was ready for work. 
My takeaway is this; if your weed whacker won't start....inspect the gas lines very closely.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Washing Machine Problem

My wife bought a new top-loaded washing machine. And she had a problem. When loading laundry, the washer lid hits the above cabinet and often slams down without warning.
To fix it, I reshaped an "S" hook  - using a vise and pliers to twist the hooks at 90 degrees to each other (and opened each hook a bit). One hook slips over the cabinet handle. The other hook is opened more - to capture the lip of the lid.  The hook was painted black and a rubber tip was added to avoid scratching the lid.  The "s" hook now hangs from the cabinet door to quickly secure the washing machine lid from falling shut.  
My wife is pleased.  Wow! That's enough reward for this inventor.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pressure Washer Attachment

Last time our teen-aged  nephew  visited, he  helped to  clean  our paver block driveway with a  gas  powered pressure washer -  with only  the normal pistol gripped,  extended spray head wand.  Holding the wand, and continually swinging it back and forth ,, well that  proved to be tiring.  Our arms were sore from resisting the pressure, and the spray head nozzle often  scatter dirt and debris.  
This year we bought the pictured attachment  from Home Depot.  so I could do the job alone.  It snaps onto standard wands, replacing the nozzle ...and sweeps easily (like a vacuum cleaner).  The rotating nozzles stays close to the surface  and  overspray is contained by the housing. 

Trust me...the job was far quicker and easier with this amazing surface cleaner attachment. It cost less than feeding a teen-ager.  Yes!  What a great idea!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A New Sceen Background

Many, like me, yearn to clean up their computer desktop view. My laptop screen quickly attracts too many icons. Such clutter causes problems. So some icons were tossed and I substituted a great background photo. Yup, My android phone camera took another nice picture....a beautiful Florida cloud.
It allows lots of blue sky for icons...and possibly relaxes me a bit. Here's a screenshot.
I's still busy...but easy on the eyes....a good idea!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moving Forward

We've been pre-occupied lately.  Changes in the wind!  First, We've sold some assets of Ballback Inc.  Assets included several sporting goods products - and rights to respective intellectual properties (such as the popular trademark "BALLBACK"). We have changed our corporate name from "Ballback Inc" to "616corp" (filed at Florida Dept. of Corporations) and are now creating changes to web sites. It all takes time. You'll notice we've already created a new header above (something fresh).   It's a photo of Ft. Myers beach, taken with my android Tracfone.   More news in a bit...      

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Another Fiverr Voice Challenge

I've used for 52 seperate gigs so far. The gigs are performed by random folks who offer to do just about anything for increments of $5.  I keep a record of each gig; noting the response, value and worthiness for future reference on each gigster. I just received another voice-over from a preferred gigster.
You may enjoy comparing two renditions of this video. On the original video take, it's my voice. The second is a Fiverr voice-over. You judge the comparison....comment.   Be nice!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

"Drop Stop" Success

As reported at the January Edison Inventors Association meeting, I purchased a “Drop Stop” after viewing the invention in an amazing infomercial. Many folks originally saw the clever gadget seeking funding on the popular “Shark Tank” show.  Two inventors presented the simple, soft tube-like device. It fits and fills the gap between a car seat and the center console. It stops stuff from falling through...out of reach. As usual, simple is better. 
Lori Greiner (the queen of QVC, an inventor and a shark) invested in the product. She helped the Drop Stop discover huge success – already on “Oprah” , “The View” and in Walmart. Plus, the infomercial that took my attention (and money) has been rated as one of the best ever.  You can find it- and more about this amazing success story (it can happen to you) by visiting

Thursday, January 16, 2014

E.I.A. first 2014 meeting

Happy New Year!
At The first 2014 meeting of the Edison Inventors Association: 
Members and guests learned a lot from notable members.

To start the evening…Phyllis Davis introduced a program called “Inventors Challenge Training – 30 Days from Concept to Licensing” that sparked inventor interest - to adapt a rapid timeline for product development. 
After Joe Gross reviewed our current agenda of business news, he welcomed several members (see the collage) to share updates, success and advice regarding the challenges of the invention/marketing process.  (We apologize - photos of inventors Barry Chapman and Ken Boyce are missing…our thanks to them as well).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Super Scraper-Stripper

All the details of our "Barnacle Stripper" hand tool are available at Edison Nation under the "insider" program. It invites interested parties (manufacturers/distributors) to review our products. 

Today we added information regarding a name change to the "Super Scraper-Stripper" to reflect the many uses of this great tool.

So let's not limit this tool to the removal of barnacles. The Super Scraper-Stripper handles lots of dirty jobs. Remember the t.v. show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. He scraped, stripped and cleaned all kinds of nasty things - like sewers, chicken coops, caves of dung droppings and other places you and I would avoid. However, this video shows how our scraper tool helps with a more common event... pool renovation.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Catching Up

We've been busy...trying to catch up with things before years end.
Our warehouse is under alteration, adding an office for comfort during talks.
The talks will likely involve inventor and business assistance.
 Great Ideas Advisory is being created as a division of Ballback Inc. to guide ideas, products, projects and business thru a Fast Track timeline for reaching success.  More to come!.

To regain some warehouse space - we pushed to finish our1980 MGB and let it adopt a new owner.  We just posted two of the final 26 videos describing all the things we did on this car. Now, it's time to move on...make more room...and focus on other ventures.
To see how we installed air conditioning in the car, visit the web site (MGB or check out the video at You Tube:
The second video describes the switches and controls - to assist the next owner. The same choices of viewing are available:
And (we said we've been busy) we just submitted a video and tons of info to Edison hopes of finding interest in our Barnacle Stripper.  We'll see!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crowdfunding Coming

We all know there is a crying need for financial assistance to help aspiring entrepreneurs. In short, most inventors don't have funding. Why? Because they are often younger, busy raising families, paying bills and trying to keep ahead.  Older folks are having their own troubles with this economy.

So, the Great Ideas (tm) division of Ballback Inc is now expanding into "Crowdfunding".  We have a large list of reputable platforms, rules, expenses and obligation. We plan to select the proper venue and discipline to succeed with funding for deserving inventions, products, projects and businesses. Yup, it's been in the news lately - that even equity crowdfunding is coming into play.
You just need the right idea, and a few believers who'll support your efforts and dreams.

We hope to help! We are seeking sources of freelance assistance from responsible photographers, videographers, web site gurus, and marketers to help this exciting business grow.  Updates will be added here as well as on web sites under construction.  Oh, here's a likely site header.
(Feel free to contact me for details)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

E.I.A. Sept. Meeting & Display

The EIA display cases at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates are refreshed. 

In one display case - world-wide visitors can review our latest EIA meeting of 9-18-13, including an agenda with posters, pictures and details that recall facts and favors of Trademarks and Copyrights.   

Yes, some things last longer than others!                                                                                                         
Our thanks to member/presenter James Cardle, Patent Attorney)

The second display case offers review of our EIA “group participation” in a product development exercise that lasted several meetings.  Photos, posters and prototypes reflect steps of our pursuit of a Soap Pedestal product.  Brainstorming, branding, prototyping, packaging, marketing, etc, etc.

EIA members may display inventions, products and services that similarly assist and inform viewers of our display cases.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

EIA Meeting Recap 8-21-13

The E.I.A. meeting on 8-21-13 included exciting news of Tim Bourke's marketing adventures with the Super Rope Cinch.  *How he got a free t.v. spot.  *Why major players are now banging his door. *How he makes it happen.

Attorney Bruace Vanderlaan announced that ESON (Naples) is planning a Ft. Myers club. Check future news at

Attorney James Cardle spilled interesting revelations regarding Patents, trademarks and Copyrights. The info was free.

Joe Gross and Tom Kershaw took turns showing products and giving advice concerning the nesessity of immediate and practical product pursuit.

Here are some sites we reviewed:,,,

CNBC has a new smash hit t.v. show: The Profit.
Inventors and entrepreneurs love it.

In each episode, self-made multimillionair Narcus Lemonis will step in to save struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process.

It airs at 9 and 10 pm Tuesdays, while repeating at 12pm. CNBC is milking it with random repeats found by surfing. See videos at