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How to install a smoke detector

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Smoke Detector Installation and Placement


Installing smoke detectors in your home is an important step in keeping your family and home safe. Detectors are not expensive and battery operated models are easy to install. Hardwired models should be installed by an electrician to ensure proper operation.

Smoke detector location

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that at least one smoke detector b...

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Troubleshooting Tips for a Clothes Dryer

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

How to troubleshoot a clothes dryer

Your clothes dryer is probably not an appliance you think about until something goes wrong. Some common dryer problems can be fixed easily; others require parts and a higher skill level. While you may not be able to make all of the repairs yourself, you can learn how to troubleshoot your clothes dryer. If you have an understanding of what the most likely problem is, you can make a better decision on repairs or replacement.


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DIY Building or Hire the Pros?

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Guest post by Grace Bailey

Doing things ourselves can show off our independence and let us learn how to do things our own way. We are free to go at own pace, make mistakes only we see and use the methods we find best. Unfortunately, this can often end badly, as you may not have the resources, the knowledge, strength, etc to get things done. Asking for support can cover this, as access to someone who has the ability, strength, knowledge, r...

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Ways to use WD-40

Posted on October 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Great uses for WD-40


WD-40 is well known for its lubricating abilities but that is only one of the many uses that make it an excellent product to have on hand. WD-40 was originally developed in 1953 in the search for rust prevention and a degreaser for missile parts. WD-40 stands for Water Displacement #40 and one of the original founders states that there are no harmful components in it. The main ingredient is fish oil. What can you do with it?


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What To Look For In A Domestic Cleaning Company

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Guest post by Grace Bailey

When you are working full time, enrolled at a university or looking after your family, frequent house cleaning is easier said than done. You probably already know how important it is to clean regularly, but finding the time and the energy on top of all the other responsibilities you have can be quite impossible. Hiring cleaning companies is the easiest way of addressing all your domestic cleaning woes. There is ...

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How to grow crystals for a science fair or fun

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Follow these easy recipes to grow crystals for a science fair.

Growing crystals for a science fair project is much easier than it may sound. It can also be a fun project for beginners to experts. There are many types of crystal recipes available and the ingredients for most of the recipes are items that you may already have on hand. Some ingredients can be more difficult to work with than others...

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Why Mulching is Important in Gardening

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Mulch helps your garden retain moisture while reducing weed growth. It also can be used to add a decorative touch.

Proper mulching of your garden and flower beds will help your garden thrive and make it even more attractive in the process. Mulching is the use of a biodegradable material that is used on or around garden beds. Other materials that are not biodegradable can be used but your plants will not receive as much benefit.

Moisture benefits

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Tips for cleaning up flood damage

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooded basements. The more quickly you can clean up the flooded area the less overall damage you will suffer. Cleaning and drying flooded areas promptly will reduce the chance of dangerous mold formation and reduce structural damage to wood.

Professional services:

Professional cleaning services are available but they can be costly. Your homeowners insurance may not cover the expense unless you have flood damage c...

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How to find great Jack o Lantern pumpkin patterns for Halloween

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

You finally managed to find a perfect pumpkin, the perfect size and shape, with no defects! Tired of three triangles and a curved mouth, with more triangles, you need something special in the way of a pattern to carve. Jack-o-lantern patterns are no longer difficult to come by. The first suggestion would be getting a special carving kit which should be available at almost any general merchandise or grocery store.

Most carving kits will come with a set of patterns in...

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Shading and Ventilating a Greenhouse

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A greenhouse allows you to start your garden early and prolong the growing season. The right shading and ventilation will give you better results.


Having a greenhouse allows you to start your garden seedlings early in the season. Large greenhouses can also be used to prolong the life of potted plants, or even allow you to maintain plants all year. Your greenhouse may be a simple plastic-covered shelf or an elaborate heated walk-in model. No matter what type you use, your ...

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