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A Front Door Lock Check Is Important

A Front Door Lock Check Is Important

For years, when I leave my house after locking the front door, I turn the outside front door to make sure that the door is locked.  I have a habit of turning the knob back and forth a number of times probably to make sure the door is really locked.  A few months ago I sort of noticed that I forgot to lock the door because it would open after turning the outside door knob a few times.  I was…

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VORNADO Room Heater Fails To Turn On. Not True.

VORNADO Room Heater Fails To Turn On. Not True.

There is NOTHING wrong with this heater.  The problem was user error. This is the product Information found at the bottom of the box which the heater comes in: EN1-0097-85 DODEL AWRH ITM./ART.  1415862 I purchased this room heater February 15, 2022.  After unpacking the unit out of the box it came in, I plugged it in but the heater would not come on.  I tried the heater in three different AC outlets and still the heater would NOT come…

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Recommended Outside Christmas Lights Attachment To Roof.

Recommended Outside Christmas Lights Attachment To Roof.

We had had a new roof put on to our house with new facia boards.   When it came to put up Christmas lights my wife and I did NOT want to put the lights up using the old method of nailing U type clips hold the light cords in place as seen in the image below. We discovered a really nifty plastic clip that slides into the existing roof tiles and also on to any thin metal which does NOT…

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Donation Conundrum Of Giving Home Improvement Supplies.

Donation Conundrum Of Giving Home Improvement Supplies.

My wife was on me to clean out our garage.    One type of items that were in our garage were from prior home improvement projects, mostly electrical parts.  I went on the Internet to find places that might take construction and home improvement items for donations.  I tried to call Habitat For Humanity but no one would pick up the phone.  I decided to drive there which took almost a half hour but they would not accept any of…

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Solution For Contour Sheets Ensnaring Pillow Cases.

Solution For Contour Sheets Ensnaring Pillow Cases.

I found that when I put contour sheets in the dryer after being washed, they often times would ensnare at least one item, typically a pillow case, inside a twisted ball.  The ball always was at the contour sheet corner.  This required me to untwist the contour sheet holding other washed item and finding that they both were still wet.  I had to run the dryer again to dry those wet items.  This wasted energy and my time.  I came…

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Side Yard Debris Storage

Side Yard Debris Storage

My wife wanted me to move a pile of pipes and other rather long outdoor items laying on the east side of our back yard. This is because the single side gate was next to this pile and looked pretty bad. I decided to place the items on the other, west side, of the back yard but that side of the house was engineered to accept flood water and pipe it out to the front street through a sunken pipe…

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Home Builder Plumber Errors.

Home Builder Plumber Errors.

We recently had a number of drain pipe problems occurring within a two month period at our two story home.  The three problems seem to be from suspicious causes. Mike’s (our plumber) observations: #1  With new home construction, when plumbing pipes fail to line up, some plumbers force joints to come together. This lasts for a while but as the building ages and the plastic becomes less flexible the pipe gives way.  Mike has seen this happen quite a few…

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Milwaukee V-Jaw Pliers That Are Way Cool To Use.

Milwaukee V-Jaw Pliers That Are Way Cool To Use.

I went shopping for a small crescent wrench at Home Depot.  I found a wonderful and rather clever designed pliers that would outperform just about any small wrench I have in my tool kit.  Here is what I like about it: The jaws have a clever design that easily grabs any bolt size up to 1 and 1/2 inches. The jaws can open up to 2 and 1/4 inches for grabbing other items that do not come around to hit…

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