Firework Safey

Learn how to protect yourself and your family if you're planning on your own firework light show this 4th of July. The Fourth of July is a swell summer day, isn't it? You hang out in the hammock, grill a few burgers, and watch—or maybe light your own—fireworks. It's great family fun—if you play it safe with those fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries. In 2007, the latest year for which statistics could be found, an estimated 9,800 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fireworks-related injurie

How to clean your Dishwasher in 3 steps to make it sparkle

Cleaning the appliance that cleans your dishes may seem unnecessary, but regular maintenance is very important to keep your dishwasher running at max efficiency. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get rid of all that nasty built up food debris, grease and soap scum. All you need is white vinegar, baking soda and a dishwasher-safe container. Follow these three steps to make your dishwasher sparkle again! Step 1: Remove the bottom rack for easy access to the dishwasher drain. Get rid of any gunk or food that may be caught inside. Step 2: Fill a dishwasher-safe container with a cup of vinegar and place it on the upper rack. Run the dishwasher through a hot water cycle. Other than the container wit

Lawn Mowing Tips

You can water and fertilize your lawn, but still end up with a unsightly lawn if you don't mow properly. Here are some tips to help make your yard look great. Cutting the grass too short Every grass type has an optimal cutting height, and you're better off on the high side. The reasons are the grass blade is the food factory of the plant. Short blades just can't generate as much food as long blades. Long blades also shade and cool the soil. With longer grass it is less likely weeds will grow, and you won't have to water as often because water won't evaporate as fast. If you are not sure what type of grass you have take a sample to a garden center for identification. Mulch your lawn It is bet

Do Your Own Garage Door Opener Repair and Troubleshooting

Garage door won't open? With a little troubleshooting you can usually avoid a costly service call and get your garage door opener working again . Check Your Door First With the door closed, pull the emergency release cord and lift the door to see if it opens and closes smoothly. If it doesn't, the problem is with your tracks, rollers or springs rather than your opener. Learn more about garage door tune-ups. Play it Safe Work with the door down. If the problem is a broken door spring and you pull the emergency release cord while the door is in the raised position, the door could come crashing down. You should also unplug the opener. Symptom: The Remote Works But the Wall Switch Doesn't Fix:

Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

Keep your home comfortable by choosing the best ceiling fans Ceiling fans can complement any decor, increase your comfort by warming or cooling the room, and help you save money on your energy bill. This guide will help you understand which type and size ceiling fan will work best in your home. Tip: In the summer, run your fan counterclockwise for a cool breeze. In the winter, run your fan clockwise to push down warm air circulating near the ceiling to better distribute the heat throughout the room. Choosing the Right Size Ceiling Fan Measure the room before you purchase your ceiling fan to ensure you get the size that will be most effective for the space. Length of Longest Wall in Room Bes

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