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Troubleshooting And Thawing A Frozen Air Conditioner

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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. Here’s what you need to know to troubleshoot the problem and restore your AC to good working order. Why does ice form on the air conditioner? There are three common reasons why your air conditioner may freeze. The most common is restricted air flow. That means clogged filters or vents may be preventing the air from your home from circulating over the evaporator coils adequately. Other...

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

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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: Tools and materials needed Inside calipers Steel rod in appropriate diameter Steel ruler accurate to sixteenths of an inch Tape measure Scratch awl Hacksaw with new blade Bench vise File Electrical tape Step-by-step procedure 1. Determine the inside diameter of the winding bar sockets—At each end of the torsion springs, two devices...

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5 Ways to Freshen Your Kitchen Cabinets Without a Full Remodel

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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. Refinishing consists of sanding the surfaces of the doors and faces of your cabinets and adding new stain or paint. This can make worn cabinets look new again. It also allows you to change the color of your cabinets to match new kitchen decor.  If you want to continue using your kitchen during the...

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Alternative Ways To Supply Electricity To Your Home

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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. This brief article will serve to inform you about a few different ways. 4 different methods will be discussed throughout: solar power, wind energy, microhydro energy and conservation. Solar Power When it comes to alternative forms of generating electricity, solar power is the first method that usually pops into a person’s head. For good reason, too: solar power...

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5 Projects That Make Your Exterior Drain Tile More Effective

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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.  Waterproof Coating  There are several types of waterproof coatings that can be applied to the exterior of your foundation or basement. These are usually sprayed or brushed directly onto the concrete, but they can also involve...

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Make Your Own Water Jet Cleaner To Clear Slow Drains With A Garden Hose

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Your Own Water Jet Cleaner To Clear Slow Drains With A Garden Hose

Slow drains that are either partially or completed clogged can be a continual source of exasperation for homeowners. While there are a number of chemicals and devices on the market for treating slow drains, some of them are unsafe for homeowners to use and many others just don’t work. However, the good news is that homeowners can safely and effectively treat slow drains by using a simple, water jet cleaner they can make in just a few minutes. Below is how it can be done: Tools and materials you will need Barbed hose fitting – you will need an adapter with a standard 3/4-inch female garden hose thread on one end and a  3/8-inch barbed male fitting on the opposite end. PVC tubing (3/8-inch inside diameter) – this tubing is available in transparent PVC, and you will need 6...

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