How to Install Deck Lighting

Installing new deck lighting is possible without using professional services. If you know the dos and don’ts of installing a new light, it can even be easy. The right lighting can improve the look, feel, safety, and usability of your deck area. If you want to save money on deck…

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Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans move air around the room, saving you money on energy bills. In the summer, set the fan to run in a counterclockwise direction, moving cool air around the room. In winter, set the fan to clockwise to draw warm air up from the floor. To move the correct…

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Perfect Paint Lines Every Time

Have you ever carefully placed painter’s tape and painted a wall only for the tape to cause an uneven or jagged line once you remove it? Professional painters use a simple trick to prevent this. When you use painter’s tape to block an edge, the paint will likely cover part…

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How to Find the Correct Motion Activated Switch for Fluorescent Lights

A motionactivated light can save energy and translate into monthly electricity bill savings. There’s a misconception that leaving a fluorescent light on saves more energy than turning it off and on. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off fluorescent lightbulbs if you’ll be out of the room for more than…

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Best Practices for Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running: Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Replace…

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Resolutions Are So Last Year: Here’s 3 Alternatives to Try

There seems to be an unwritten rule that the New Year means resolutions, but what if you tried something new this year? Make this the year you think out of the box. Create an Annual Bucket List Forget resolutions that come along with heavy pressure. Instead, create a bucket list…

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Protect Your Car and Cargo with DIY Trunk Bumpers

If you drive a smaller passenger vehicle but tend to haul long, large, or unwieldy cargo, don’t put your paint job at risk. There is a simple and inexpensive hack that can protect your car and your cargo when transporting items in the trunk. Pool noodle “trunk bumpers” can eliminate…

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Common Mistakes DIYers Make with Electrical Projects

Do-it-yourself (DIY) electrical projects can save considerable money and help you understand the inner workings of your home’s electrical system. They can also, however, be dangerous and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Avoiding common mistakes is a great first step toward successfully completing a DIY electrical project.…

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Add Extra Space in Your Closet

Running out of space in your closet? We’ve got the solution you’ve been looking for. Install an add-on clothes rack, doubling the amount of hanging space for your wardrobe. Measure a piece of rod to match the length of the rod on the top level of your closet. Screw eye…

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What’s the Secret to Not Losing Socks?

Everyone’s had the experience at some point or another: You’re folding laundry and realize that you’re missing a sock from a pair. In fact, you’re missing several socks, and you have a stack of them waiting to reunite with their partners. Just where do those things go, anyway? For the…

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