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Making A Few Home Upgrades? 2 DIY Electrical Mistakes You Will Regret

After binge-watching reality home improvement shows, you might feel like repainting a room, replacing a light fixture, or updating that kitchen backsplash. Unfortunately, while most novices are capable of painting or laying a little tile, updating electrical fixtures, wires, and panels requires the finesse of a seasoned professional. Here are two DIY electrical mistakes you might regret later and why: 1: Failure To Get A Building Permit You are just moving that outlet to another wall, so why would you go through the hassle of filing paperwork and waiting for the city to approve your choice?

What Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Rainwater Collection Systems

When it comes to water conservation and sustainable living, rainwater collection is a great process. If you've been considering rainwater collection for your house, it's time to evaluate your gutters. The gutter system on your house is a key component to your collection structure, so you need a system that's going to work for you. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your gutter selection so that you can start a successful rainwater collection system.

Put Down The Wrench And Drain Cleaner: 2 Uncommon Ways To Avoid Large-Scale Plumbing Problems

If you are like most people, you might assume that all is well as long as your drains move water out of that sink, bathtub, or shower pan. When your home floods or your drain clogs one day, you might assume the problem stems from a simple issue like a broken component or a hair clog—instead of a deeper issue. Unfortunately, all the home repairs and drain cleaner the world won't help if your main drainage lines are damaged.

How To Prevent Tragedy In The Storage Hoppers In Your Workplace

If you are the safety manager for a facility that uses hoppers to store food items, such as flour and sugar, it's important that you have a safety program for workers to implement as they work around and above the hoppers in your facility. In 2013, a worker fell into a sugar hopper and died of suffocation due to the sugar engulfing him. Here are a few ways you can prevent this type of tragedy in your workplace.

Why A Direct-Vent Fireplace Might Be The Right Choice For Your Home

Having a fireplace in your home may be something you have always wanted, but you might not have pursued getting one because of the costs involved. Wood-burning fireplaces can be one of the most costly types to install, but you could save a lot of money if you are willing to settle for a gas-powered fireplace. A direct-vent gas fireplace is the most economical type of fireplace you can place in an existing home, and this might be the right choice for you.

Troubleshooting And Thawing A Frozen Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner seems to be on the blink and isn't cooling the air in your home, there may be a simple reason. Sometimes, a layer of ice builds up on the air conditioner coils. While it may seem like that would produce even cooler air in your home, it doesn't work that way. If your air conditioner freezes, it loses the ability to filter and cool the air inside your home.

How to Properly Size & Make a Pair Of Winding Bars for Installing Garage Door Torsion Springs

The replacement of a worn or broken torsion spring on a garage door is a task that demands close attention. One of the most critical parts of replacing a torsion spring is the winding of the spring. The winding process requires the use of a pair of specialized tools known as winding bars. These tools can be purchased, but they can also be inexpensively made at home. Below is how to properly size and make a pair of winding bars for use when installing a torsion spring:

5 Ways to Freshen Your Kitchen Cabinets Without a Full Remodel

If you want to update your kitchen but do not have the time or money to invest in a full remodel, there are several small things you can do to make your cabinets look and feel new. A partial remodeling project, such as refinishing your wood cabinets or installing new countertops can cost much less than a full remodel while making your entire kitchen look new.  Refinishing  Refinishing is a low-cost option to refresh the look of your cabinets if you have solid wood cabinets.

Alternative Ways To Supply Electricity To Your Home

Most people feel beholden to power companies to supply electricity to their home. This is often because the method seems tried and true. For a monthly fee, a company pumps electricity into your home, no questions asked. It almost seems like there's no other way to go about receiving electricity. This couldn't be further from the truth. There are a variety of different ways to go "off the grid" so to speak, and provide your home with alternative forms of electricity.

5 Projects That Make Your Exterior Drain Tile More Effective

An exterior drain tile, also known as a french drain, is a basic form of protection against dampness that can cause cracks in your foundation as well as mold and mildew in your basement or crawl space. While an exterior drain tile helps by directing groundwater away from your home, there are many circumstances when a drain tile must be combined with other features to fully protect your foundation. If you live in a particularly wet area or get a high amount of rain each year, you may want to combine your exterior drain tile with one of these other five protective features.