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Permanent Draft Dodger--Go to a wholesale house that sells cleaning supplies and buy a 36" rubber squeegee (most doors are 36"). Then screw it to the door so it just touches the floor. You'll have no more drafts, and it will stay in place. E. www.stretcher.com/Newsletters/TDS_Ti
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Home Maintenance New Year’s Resolutions For 2013

Here are a few tasks you should consider maintaining on a regular schedule: 



1. Check Furnace Filters: The purpose of the filter on a forced-air furnace is to keep dust, soot, and other contaminants from collecting on the interior workings of your furnace. In addition, a high-quality filter will cut down on airborne dust and particulate matter that is blown into your living area. Once the filter has been sufficiently coated with this grime, it causes the furnace blower to work harder, making it more costly to operate and shortening its life span. A clean filter will help the furnace run more efficiently and save on operating costs. 
Corrugated replacement filters offer more filtration surface area and thus can be denser without impairing furnace operation. Never use a furnace filter that will allow salt to pass through. Buying replacement filters by the case will cut down on the unit price. 



2. Check Water Filters and Softeners: Water filters are a great means of improving water quality (smell and taste). The secret to keeping water quality high is replacing filters regularly. The frequency depends upon the type of system and the condition of the water. Whole house filters, point-of-use dispensers and icemaker water supplies can each be changed in a matter of minutes. Besides providing better quality water, a clean filter will improve flow. 
Although a water softening system is reasonably maintenance-free, every now and again the brine solution becomes clogged at the base of the brine tank, preventing the solution from being siphoned into the resin tank. You know this is the case when your brine tank is full of salt and your water doesn't have that slick feel. Check your owner's manual for information on how to flush the brine tank, or call a service person to do it for you.
 4. Clean and Freshen Sink Drains: Foul odors from a sink drain can make your home both unpleasant and uninviting. To keep sink drains in your home running freely... and absent of odor...try these methods: 1) Run hot water through the sink after each use; 2) Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water; 3) Pour a cup of vinegar into the drain and let is sit for a half-hour. Then chase it down with very hot water. 
For the disposal, grind a half of a lemon.


5. Test Smoke Detectors: All smoke detectors and alarms have a "test button." Unfortunately, the test button only checks for battery life. The test button does not check whether the detector itself is operational. Use canned smoke twice a year to thoroughly check your detector – no ladder needed. Once a month, use a broom handle to push the test button. If you don't hear anything, replace your battery. Once every year or two brush or vacuum the detector surface to keep dust out of the mechanism. Replace your smoke detector – working or not – after 10 years. By the way, test your Carbon Monoxide Detectors each and every time that you check your smoke detectors.


6. Water Heater Maintenance: Check the Pressure & Temperature Relief Valve (PTR valve) every few months. The PTR valve opens to release pressure buildup in the water heater when the temperature or the pressure gets dangerously high, thus preventing a possible explosion. To test the valve, simply raise and lower the test lever, at the top of the valve. Hot water should rush out of the end of the drainpipe. If no water flows through the pipe or you get just a trickle, replace the valve. Mineral deposits and sediment at the valve seat may prevent the valve from seating after a test. This will allow water to continue to leak from the water heater until the PTR valve is replaced. Don’t be disappointed if you discover that replacement is necessary. You have discovered that a device that is supposed to protect you from an explosion wasn’t working. Clean and flush your gas water heater every other year. Use a chemical such as mag-erad to dissolve sediment. Simply draining the water heater will not properly flush the sediment unless the sediment is first dissolved.

7. Test GFCI receptacles: The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) was developed to prevent electrical shocks. All GFCI receptacles have test buttons. You should test each receptacle in your home at least once a month. If the test doesn't trip the breaker, replace the GFCI immediately. www.onthehouse.com/wp/20121230

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Will certainly try that one when the occasion arises! Thank you!

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Removing a Stripped Screw

We all know how frustrating it can be if a screw is stripped and you need to remove it. Well all you have to do is lay a rubber band over stripped screw head, then just use your screwdriver as usual and the rubber band will fit down in the screw head making it possible for you to remove. Easy and fast way to remove a stripped screw!

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Painter’s Tape Replacement in a Flash

If you need to paint your guest room (or bathroom or wherever) and you don’t have any painter’s tape available, then—as temporary protection when painting—rub a candle around the edges of a masking tape roll. Make sure you keep the wax on the outside edges so that the tape stays mostly sticky. The tape will be easier to remove, thanks to the candle wax, and it will also reduce the chance of the tape taking off old paint when you strip it off the wall.

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Insulate Windows With Bubble-wrap Year Round:

Instead of expensive window insulation kits that are hard to install and can be used only one year, try this: buy bubble wrap. Cut it to fit each window. Dampen the window and apply the bubble wrap, flat side to the window. It's that simple. It lets the light through, looks a bit like glass block windows, and does keep the room warmer. If I touch the bubble wrap then touch the window, the wrap is definitely warmer. My bedroom is about 4 degrees warmer this year!

If the wrap comes off or you lift it up for any reason, just re-dampen the window, and it's good as new. At the end of the cold weather, I will remove the wrap, and roll it up separately for each window with a note in the middle to tell me which window it goes on, then I'll store it until next year. I bought my bubble-wrap at Walmart, about $4.50 for 100 feet. A roll and a half did all of my windows (except the one by the computer, since I watch the birds at my feeder through that one). The kits in the store cost a LOT more, and next year, this is free!

Source: Mother Earth News

By schyresti from North Royalton, OH

some pro/con comments found here: www.thriftyfun.com/tf79474132.tip.ht
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It's good advice, I'll turn it into a shopping/action list for me...

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Preparing for a Power Outage
These tips are in addition to the American Red Cross tips for dealing with storms and power outages.

Keep a plastic jug or two of water in your freezer if you have space. If you lose power, the block of ice will aid in keeping things cold longer. When it melts, you can drink it too. That plastic jug of ice can also be placed in a cooler to keep additional items or medications cold. A one gallon plastic water jug yields about 8 lbs. of ice (with a handle).

Buy LED lanterns and flashlights. If possible, see if you can purchase the lights with the same sized batteries. Keep at least 1 complete replacement set of batteries handy for each device. D cell batteries last longer, and therefore, are better suited for lighting. Avoid C sized lights and devices - these batteries are harder to find in an emergency. I suggest having at least 1 light and spare batteries per person.

Chemical "snap" light sticks are also great. Some can last as long as 12 hours. These are great to place in a bathroom or hallway overnight to provide lighting when the battery powered lights are off. There are also high intensity 30 minute chemical lights available as well. The chemical lights are completely safe around gases and are cool to the touch. They do expire, so check dates periodically on them.

A battery powered radio with weather band is also a good choice. Like the lantern and flashlight suggestion above, try to get a radio that uses the same sized battery (preferably D) as everything else. Running the radio on low volume allows it to run much longer than with a higher volume.

If possible, also consider battery chargers that plug into a car's lighter. I don't know if there are any NiMH D sized ones out there, but I know (and own) there are ones for AA and AAA sized NiMH batteries. The one I have (from Wallmart) will charge the NiMH batteries in 15 minutes from a car lighter.

A car also has a radio so you can listen to that as well. Just be careful not to run down the car battery. Also be careful about running the car and creating Carbon Monoxide.

Keep a cell phone charger that allows the cell phone to charge from your car lighter.

ALWAYS have at least one wired telephone. Cordless phones don't work during power failures (the base requires power).

I suggest purchasing a pair of FRS/GMRS two way radios and splitting the cost with a nearby neighbor. Settle on one channel to talk on (CH 1 is suggested emergency channel) with no privacy codes set. During and after a crisis, you can contact the neighbor. Again, keep spare batteries for these radios and follow any license requirements if you choose to use the GMRS frequencies.

Keep a spare propane gas tank, secured and outside your home, for the gas grill. If there's a loss of power, and you are unable to cook indoors, you can use the gas grill to cook food. DO NOT use this, nor any other combustion device, inside your home!

If you live in a warmer climate, there are battery powered fans you can buy to keep the air moving. Again, try to be consistent with the battery choices. Though, for this device, D sizes will most likely be the best way to go,.

First and foremost, remain as calm as possible and think things through before acting.

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An organized solution for warranties and receipts

I have folders for each room. In them I have receipts and warranties for carpeting, electric appliances, etc. When I need to look for something, I look in the room folder.

When something is brought in new, out goes the old information. The front of each folder has a list of what is included. Easy to find anything.

--June Siemer from Elsmere, Kentucky

June has been married for 50 years. She has three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
from: Get Organized Now!
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August 21, 2012
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DRAIN CLEANING TOOL. I read the tip from the reader who used a bamboo skewer to remove hair from the drain. Sounds OK, but there is actually a tool made just for this task. It’s very cheap—about $3 at Walmart and other retailers. It has a little handle at the top, is about 18-inches long and has a fish-hook type of end. You simply push it into the drain, snag the tangled hair and fish it right back out. My granddaughter was constantly calling her apartment manager to get her bathroom drains unplugged, plus using lots of drain cleaner. I sent her one of these little gadgets and she has been drain-clear ever since. Diana, EC blog
Note: The tool Diana refers to, is a CobraZip-it Drain Cleaning Opener. Check the plumbing aisle of your local hardware store, or find Zip-It online at Amazon and Ace Hardware Superstore. -mh www.everydaycheapskate.com/tips/a-qu
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Talcum Powder For Squeaky Hardwood Floors
Spray talcum powder in the grooves of the hardwood floor. Try to have it penetrate in with a brush, and add some more from time to time. This should help lessen the "squeaky" noise.

Source: Common used knowledge in France

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**I need to do this in the area by my computer where I walk in place while working on the computer.

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Make Your Moving Shelves Glide--If the slide-out racks or trays in your refrigerator are not gliding as smoothly as they should, simply apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the edges—they'll whiz in and out.

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This could have helped us when we moved 4 days ago...

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Mark Back of Drawers When Moving
If you plan to refinish or move a dresser, chest, or any furniture with more than a couple of drawers; an easy way to remember where each drawer goes is mark on the back of the drawer with a marker pen with "A", "B", "C", "D" or "1", "2", "3", "4". On the inside, after removing the drawer write the corresponding letter or number in the opening. This will not show on the outside and will come in handy the next time you have to move the furniture. Some drawers appear to be the same size until you try to replace them and they don't seem to fit.

My son came up with this idea when we moved some dressers that had 2 sizes of drawers.

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Boiling vinegar also works well. A couple cups heated in a saucepan is easy to handle. This will also work nicely on a clogged drain that you believe has grease in it.

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Great idea!!!

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Will do that in the new house tomorrow!

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Every month or two, keep the pipes clear of grease, oil, and hair clogs. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar. The mixture will foam up. Let stand for a few minutes then pour boiling water down the drain to wash out any clogs.

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