26 Valuable Tips and Tricks For The Home

Receive an email with all these great tips.  Thought I would share it with our readers.  Although I haven’t tried these yet, I certainly will in the near future. Love the one about the milk bottle watering can. Mouse over the images to see the instructions…Click to enlarge the image or see a slide show

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Is Best Buy Really The Best Buy? You Bet It Is!

I stopped shopping at Best Buy about 6 years ago. Best Buy was floundering in a world that had embraced the internet and shopping on the internet was exciting and new to most of us.  They couldn’t or didn’t want to compete with internet merchants, wouldn’t compete with the big box stores like Costco and frankly wouldn’t really price match anyone as …

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Organize Your Home, Now Is A Great Time To Do It

For many people, the new year represents a clean slate, and brings a renewed sense of possibility and enthusiasm. It’s a wonderful time to get your home organized in anticipation of the busy months ahead. Effective storage solutions and organization systems will enable you to enjoy your home to its fullest. Here are some tips to put you on track for an orderly and productive 2015. Learn to let things …

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Safest and the most lethal late-model cars

IIHS death watch is good news for SUVs—mostly What would you suppose was the safer car, a Mini Cooper or a Chevrolet Suburban? Turns out it’s the Cooper. That’s one of the more surprising findings in a new Driver Death Rate report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This IIHS study calculated driver death rates specifically for 2011 models, using government crash-fatality data for …

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The Top 10 Tips for Saving Money at Home

Family Hanyman’s best projects, hints and tips for budget-conscious homeowners. Air Leak Testing & Sealing Follow these surprisingly easy tips and techniques for sealing air leaks in your home and save big money on your heating and cooling bills.Check your dryer vent Fill gaps around electrical boxes Seal leaky windows (Option 1) Seal leaky windows (Option 2) Stop under-the-door-leaks Caulk …

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Professional Painting Tips – Learn From A Pro

Veteran painter Butch Zang tells you his secrets for faster, easier and better results. Steps to Paint Like A Pro Step 1: Lay a drop cloth and tape floor edges Step 2: Remove wall obstructions and tape fixtures Step 3: Sand and clean the woodwork Step 4: Prime the woodwork Step 5: Roll the first paint coat on the ceiling …

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How to Repair Household Appliances

Oven won’t heat? Clothes won’t dry? Fix the oven and clothes dryer yourself and avoid expensive service calls. Overview If you’re like most people, you expect to have to pay a repair professional when an appliance breaks down. After all, it’s pretty tough to be without an oven or a clothes dryer for very long, and most of us don’t …

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How To Remove Mold In Your Home

Almost every home gets mold. We’ll show you how to identify mold and eliminate the small infestations, as well as the big ones that have gotten out of hand. By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine TIME – Multi-day COMPLEXITY – Simple COST – Varies Step 1: Overview Mold is a major-league nuisance. It blackens the grout lines in your shower, discolors drywall, …

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Distracted Driving – Know The Law

Many people don’t realize that New Jersey has one of the toughest laws on the books regarding distracted driving. This means texting, talking, eating while driving, putting make-up on and many more distracting actions while operating a motor vehicle. For this reason, I thought it would be a good time to cover the law with all of our readers and …

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Starting Vegetables from Seeds Now

While winter wails outside, vegetable gardeners can get a jump on the growing season by starting seeds indoors. A careful gardener can extend production by starting seeds and planting seedlings after the danger of frost. The classic candidates for indoor starting are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, melons and both winter and summer squash. For best results, begin with packaged seeds grown for the …

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Keep it safe when using your snow blower

Safety tips from the industry’s trade group and Consumer Reports Shoveling snow can have its own hazards if you’re not in shape, but the machine you need for the fastest, most thorough clearing presents risks even for those in fine shape. Here’s some safety advice from the experts at the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the outdoor-gear industry’s trade group, and …

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Covering Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

Add a simple plywood cover for winter protection • Cover your air conditioner condenser with plywood Plywood Cover Plywood weighted down with bricks does a good job of protecting your air conditioner condenser in winter. Many homeowners are tempted to wrap their air conditioner condensers (the outside unit) to protect them over the winter. But wrapping an A/C condenser is never …

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Lawn Care: Put Your Mower to Bed for Winter

From Our Friends at Home Depot... Mowers and trimmers work hard during the warm months. Keep their parts in good working condition with simple care at the end of the season. Properly storing the mower will ensure that it easily revs up next year. 8 STEPS TO WINTERIZE A MOWER: Spray down the mower with a hose. Tilt mower on …

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