How To Select the right Fire and Smoke Detectors for Your Home

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    Every home should have smoke detectors and local home building regulations will suggest the locations and types but the selection can get a bit confusing.

    In this How To we will look at some of your options however the information you read here should not be used on its own to make your final selection. You MUST use other sources of information when making your final choice about which devices are best for your specific application. …

    How To Painting Rooms Without Removing Moldings

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      One of our friends is purchasing a new home and they want to give it a fresh paint job in a few of the rooms before they move in. The problem they are having is deciding if it is better to remove the moldings before they paint or tape around them.

      In my opinion if the moldings are tight and in good condition and you don’t have plans to remove them because of a design change …

      How To Buy a Good Set of Jack Stands for your Vehicle

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        If you are a home mechanic there may be times when you need to get under your car to make repairs and at those times you want to do it as safely as you can. A friend recently asked about the differences of Jack Stands and I thought I would share some of the advice I gave them.

        The first things you want to do when considering jack stands or car ramps for your garage is …

        How To Harvest Your Home Parts Inventory from Stuff You Throw Away

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          Over the years I have found that some of the best parts I have used on my projects have come from things that I may have thrown away. It really doesn’t take that much time and the idea behind this is that when something breaks in your home there are probably a lot of parts on it that you can save and put into your parts inventory.

          Something as simple as screws that hold a radio …

          How To Kill Weeds in your Vegetable Garden

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            The last couple years I have been neglecting my vegetable garden. We had a really bad rainy summer about 3 years back and it got hit by some blight and I figured I would let it set a while. Its small but I do rotate crops but eventually the soil will get mixed through and whatever problems I had will takeover the whole garden.

            While it was sitting the weeds took it over. I would go …

            How To Find Inexpensive Bed and Mattress Alternatives

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              A friend that is on a very tight budget asks about what alternatives there could be for a Bed and Mattress for about 4 months before they move across the country. They just need something more than the bare floor to sleep on and budget is their strong point.

              Now for many people the thought of paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a bed is nothing for them but remember in this case …

              How To Diagnose a Check Engine Light before you bring your Car for Service

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                One of the worst things to see while you’re driving is a amber Check Engine Light. Diagnosing what the problem is before you seek professional help may save you hundreds of dollars.

                The first thing to know when you see a check engine light is that you need to take care of it immediately. Even if your car is still running smooth the problem could be something that could get very expensive if you don’t …

                How To Find Good Quality Cheap Mattress

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                  A friend is asking about their options for a Mattress. They need something cheap but reasonable and it will only be needed for their last 2 years of college. This is something that a lot of families need to deal with. They need a nice mattress for limited use. Maybe its for a child that is growing or for a guess bedroom or vacation home. Whatever the reason behind its use the cost needs …

                  How To Repair the Surface of a Concrete Wall to Repair Crumbling

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                    One of our friends asks about a border fence that they have in their backyard made of concrete that they believe needs repair. The wall has been in place for some time and it seems that the previous home owner has painted it and an grown ivy against the wall so the current owner is wondering if they can complete a repair on their own to clean it up and stop …

                    How To Water Company installed Larger Supply Line now my Water Heater Pressure Valve is Leaking

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                      A friend of ours writes that the water company dug up their road and installed a new larger supply pipe in his street. They also installed a Check Valve to reduce Back Flow. Now his Water Heater Pressure Valve is leaking and he is wondering what he should do.

                      The first thing to understand is when water is heated in your water heater it expands. This expansion can be dangerous and they can actually explode …

                      How To Install a Multi Door Doorbell with Unique Chimes for each Door

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                        If you own a home with a front door that is away from normal traffic and a side door that might be at your garage and used as a primary way for you and visitors to enter your home then you may want to install a doorbell that gives you the option to know which door someone is at.

                        This type of doorbell is called a two tone or multi door chime and you can …

                        How To Patching Plaster After Rewiring And Precautions While Other Work Is Completed

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                          One of our friends asks about a remodeling job they are having done in the next few weeks. It seems that their older home still has what they call wire and knob electrical in their upstairs walls. Before they move into the home they would like to upgrade the electrical and also finish the floors. The floors will be done by a professional and so will the electrical but they expect to do the …