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  • Screws, Nuts and Bolts Info

    The first phone operator started work in 1878. Her name was Emma Nutt. In 1842, a machine was patented to mass-produce nuts (what a segue!) and bolts. So, let’s talk fasteners — like nuts and bolts and...

    • Posted July 28, 2014
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  • Hanging Pictures on Plaster. drywall, fastener, Walls
    Drywall Fasteners

    Californians know all about good wall fasteners to hold pictures, mirrors and heavy cabinets in place. But you don’t have to live in earthquake country to want to keep things where they belong. The right wall anchor...

    • Posted July 28, 2014
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  • energy efficiency
    Easy Energy Savers

    The halfway point of winter can be the coldest day ever (81 below zero) back in 1947. Today you’ll learn it’s also a good day to start saving energy with four easy projects that really pay off!...

    • Posted July 28, 2014
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  • replacing an electrical outlet
    Don’t Overload Electrical Circuits

    If every time you turn on the air conditioner, your hair dryer and a lamp at the same time you blow a fuse or kick open a circuit breaker, you might have a far more serious problem...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Uncovering Energy-Wasters

    A flashlight, a candle and a damp hand are three simple tools that can be used to uncover energy-wasters around the house. Use the flashlight at night at the bottom of a door. If light passes through,...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Tax Freedom Day

    ‘Tax freedom’ day is an important day for tax payers. The first five-and-one-half months of the year are how long it’s estimated the average American has to work to pay all his state and federal taxes. After...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Contractor
    Lingo of Builders/Contractors

    Are you confused when your builder talks? Mad when your contractor says “yes”- but means “no”? Builders and contractors have a mysterious and secret lingo all their own and understanding “construction-speak” is both handy and necessary to...

    • Posted June 9, 2014
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  • energy efficiency
    Reduce Energy Costs

    In 1965 a failure in New York knocked out electrical power for most of the East Coast and Canada, affecting 30 million people over 80,000 square miles. Today, deregulation and high oil prices are again “knocking out”...

    • Posted June 9, 2014
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  • firewood - terms and where to stack, arbor day
    Firewood Basics

    Did you know that heat from firewood is energy from the sun? And that all firewood contains water? Today we’ll amaze you with these and other facts as we answer burning questions about firewood. Through photosynthesis trees...

    • Posted May 24, 2014
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  • Dos and Don’ts of Hardwood Flooring

    Hardwood flooring can be glued, nailed or left floating. However, in some instances the method of adhesion is determined by the type of hardwood flooring being covered. For example: plank flooring should not be glued to concrete....

    • Posted May 11, 2014
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