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Other Nuggets

WHAT IS A CHANGE ORDER?

August 25th, 2018|

A change order describes any work, which is added or deleted from the original scope of work, as agreed upon in your contract, which alters both the contract price and the completion date. As the [...]

ENERGY SAVING WITH LED LIGHTING

August 25th, 2018|

LEDs come on instantly and convert nearly 100% of the power they consume into light. According to the US Dept. of Energy, in 2012 about 49 million LEDs were installed in the US, saving about [...]

HOW TO FLUSH A TOILET WHEN THE WATER IS OFF

August 25th, 2018|

Your toilet doesn’t require pressure or running water to function. It works through gravity. You just need access to water to fill the bowl – which of course may be easier said than done if [...]

WHAT IS A DEDICATED CIRCUIT?

August 25th, 2018|

It is not a circuit that is conscientious! It is a circuit on your service or breaker panel that controls only one item such as a dryer, fridge, dishwasher or stove. Dedicated circuits ensure that [...]

THE STAGES OF SHOCK

August 25th, 2018|

An electric shock is the sudden painful feeling you get when electricity flows through your body. Whenever cartoon characters receive a shock, their hair stands on end, their eyes pop, and it is usually funny. [...]

WHAT IS A PRIMER?

August 25th, 2018|

A primer is a primary coat or undercoat that is put on a surface before painting. The primer creates a smooth, consistent layer for the paint to be spread over and provides better adhesion and [...]

MICROWAVE YOUR PAINTER’S TAPE

August 25th, 2018|

You haven’t needed your painter’s tape for ages, and when you do eventually find it, it is stiff and hard and the tape just breaks. Try putting it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. [...]

BEWARE PAINTING OVER OIL!

August 25th, 2018|

If you just paint over oil-based paint with a water-based acrylic or latex paint, once it has dried, you will be able to scrape it off with your fingernail. A horrible realization after all your [...]

CREATE A CHALKBOARD WALL FOR DOODLING

August 25th, 2018|

Children love to draw on walls. Instead of stopping them, why not give them a whole wall of their own on which they can express their inner artist. Paint a wall with chalkboard paint. You [...]

MAKE SURE THE STRUCTURE IS SOUND

August 25th, 2018|

It is just so tempting to spend money on the bits of the house we use and enjoy, and ignore the boring basics. Be strong. Don’t be lured. There is no point spending money anywhere [...]

BE SAFE WITH FLAMELESS CANDLES

August 25th, 2018|

I am a wickaholic. I love candles in all settings but I have had a couple of close calls with flames left unattended. Flameless candles add ambience without worry. They are perfect for decorating your [...]

STACKABLE SWEATER DRYERS

August 25th, 2018|

I like to hand wash my sweaters and I don’t like to spin them too harshly, which means they are always damper than usual when they come out of the washing machine. I used to [...]

MAKE A GARAGE SALE MAP

August 25th, 2018|

Garage and estate sales are still the best places to find bargains and cheap home décor. One woman’s garbage is another woman’s treasure. To find the best stuff, you have to be there early. Make [...]

NUTS WILL CONCEAL SCRATCHES IN WOOD

August 25th, 2018|

We have all done it - dropped our keys or a knife on a finished wood surface – and watched the scratches appear. Don't go nuts but go and get the nuts. Fresh (not salted) [...]

LEDS ARE NOT NEW

August 25th, 2018|

Can you believe that this hot new form of lighting has actually been around since the 1960s?  The LED was invented back in 1962 by Nick Holonyak Jr.   at the age of 33.  At General [...]

UNPLUG YOUR BEDROOM & IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

August 25th, 2018|

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the use of electronic devices in the bedroom can disrupt the natural sleep pattern. The signals of light and dark help us be alert in the morning and ready [...]

WHAT IS A BROOM CLAUSE?

August 25th, 2018|

It is not easy living in your home during a renovation, but tempers will be even more frayed if it is not made clear up front who is responsible for clean up. Trust me, you [...]