Housekeeping

How Much Does It Cost To Powder Coat Wheels?

If you want to protect a metal surface and enjoy a high-quality, long-lasting finish, powder coating may be an excellent alternative to painting. Any metal can be coated: steel, aluminum, scandium, manganese, and titanium are all suitable. This is why the powder coating is used in thousands of products, including wheels, but how much is it?

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How To Unclog Pipes In A Mobile Home

Whether you live in a mobile home or you’re an RV enthusiast, you must take good care of your sewage and plumbing. Remember, it is not just a truck or a vehicle; it is your home after all.

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What Size Wire For 200 Amp Service Underground?

If you are running an underground 200 amp service, then you may be wondering what size wire to use in your installation. We’re going to answer that question for you, however, keep in mind that you may need a permit and that a professional should do the installation.

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How To Get Coconut Oil Out of Carpet (Step-by-Step Guide)

Coconut oil has become one of the most popular “superfood” buzzwords of the last decade, and rightfully so. It can be used for almost anything from massage oil to a delicious additive to your food. Unsurprisingly, it’s also found itself on many unsuspecting carpets across the country in unprecedented quantities. So, how do you get this oil out of your carpet?

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How To Clean Acrylic Paint (Off Brushes, Clothes, and More!)

Cleaning paint can be a headache. When acrylic paint dries, it dries hard, into an almost plastic-like form. This can make it hard to restore a brush that has dried or get paint out of something like clothing.

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Why Did My Smoke Alarm Go Off For A Few Seconds?

Smoke alarms can startle anyone and hopefully get their attention as they are intended to. However, it can be puzzling when a smoke alarm goes off briefly then stops as if nothing was wrong. So, what does it mean when your smoke alarm seemingly goes off for no reason?

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How To Fix a Gap Between Vanity And Wall

Vanity cabinets are seeing a huge leap in popularity, and rightfully so. They are beneficial and provide a focal point for almost every bathroom design imaginable.

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Where Can You Get Free 55 Gallon Plastic Barrels?

In life, most things are not free, but sometimes you can get lucky. When you can score something for free it always feels good, and often the product seems to work even better than if you bought it. 

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How To Organize A French Door Refrigerator

Whether you’re an avid home cook, a busy parent, or just love to snack, a disorganized fridge can put a damper on your kitchen habits. French door refrigerators are one of the most popular styles of this appliance. Knowing how to organize a French door refrigerator will go a long way to keeping your life calmer and more productive (and you won’t waste food).

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How To Adjust Garage Door Cables (We Have A Fix)

If you are having trouble opening your garage door or getting it to close properly, the problem could be linked to a faulty garage door cable. Cables are often installed incorrectly, a problem that leads to the garage door cables either being too short, too long, or out of balance. If your garage door issues are caused by cables in need of adjustment, here is how to fix the problem.

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How To Clean A Sheepskin Rug (Step-by-Step Guide)

If there’s one thing that has always stood out to me, it’s the popularity of sheepskin rugs. They’re rustic, retro, and oh, so soft! I have a sheepskin rug, but I’ve never really used it for much. Why? Because for the longest time, I had no idea how to clean it. Thankfully, I found out how fairly recently…

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How Wind Chill Affects You and Your Home

Tune in to any weather report during the fall or winter and you’re likely hearing something about wind chill. If you live in a part of the country famous for having icy conditions, you’re probably very familiar with that term already.

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Furnace Inducer Motor Making Noise? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Depending on how old your house is, your furnace may have an inducer motor. This is a handy dandy piece of equipment that keeps harmful chemicals, like carbon monoxide, out of your home.

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How To Paint An Aluminum Screened Porch

Having a porch is one of the fastest ways to add value to a home, but only if it looks nice. The easiest way to give a porch a facelift is to add a fresh new coat of paint to it. Of course, that means that you will need to know how to paint your porch properly. If you have an aluminum screened porch, it quickly becomes an “easier said than done” matter.

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Will Incense Set Off A Smoke Detector? (Here Are the Details)

Burning incense is relaxing and can go a long way to make you feel more comfortable in your home. However, there is nothing quite like a screeching smoke alarm to ruin a relaxing time. So, will incense set off a smoke detector?

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Kenmore Elite Dryer Not Heating? (Here's What You Can Do)

We are so dependent on electronics today in one form or another. However, when something like your Kenmore Elite electric dryer stops heating, it can be more than frustrating.

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How To Mount A Light Bar On Roof Without Drilling

One of the most popular aftermarket accessories among four-wheel off-road enthusiasts is LED lightbars.  The advances in LED technology afford amazing lighting performance at remarkably reasonable prices. However, mounting these lightbars poses a problem for some vehicle owners.  The question of how to mount a lightbar on a vehicle roof without drilling comes up often.

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How To Stop Condensation On A Metal Shed Roof (Do This!)

Metal sheds or sheds with metal roofs can be a giant magnet for condensation. When the metal is cold, and the temperature outside isn’t, the warm air rises and creates moisture on the roof and walls of a shed. This can cause damage to the structure itself, along with anything that’s inside. 

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Dishwasher Leaving A Gritty Residue? (We Have A Fix)

It’s your dishwasher’s job to clean the leftover food off your dishes. A dishwasher cleans, sanitizes, and sometimes has enough heat to dry your dishes. What your dishwasher shouldn’t do is leave behind a gritty residue.

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How Much Does a Water Softener System Cost?

The need to install a water softener system is standard with homeowners who use well water or anyone who has an issue with metal buildup. The softening system is designed to remove the metal cations such as calcium and magnesium. Although, how much does a water softener cost to install?

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Ice Maker Making A Clicking Noise? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

Ice makers provide homeowners with a super useful function. They enable us to keep our drinks cool and refreshing without having to remember to either purchase or make ice ourselves.

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How Long Does Chili Last In The Fridge?

Chili is one of the most all-American treats you can have for dinner. As the food of cowboys, it’s a great go-to for almost any night of the week. If you’re like me, a single recipe of chili will be way more than you and your family can eat throughout the night. You’re going to have some leftovers, but how long they’re suitable for is up to debate.

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Why Does My Wall Get Hot When My Gas Fireplace Is On?

Gas fireplaces are a dream addition to homes for American homeowners because there is a certain charm to them. And to top it off, they are gas efficient, affordable, and look good in any setting.

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How To Clean A Vornado Fan (Step-by-Step Guide)

Vornado fans are perfect for those with busy lifestyles, they’re safe to use and require less upkeep than many other conventional electric fans.

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How To Fix A Doorbell That Keeps Ringing (Do This!)

Doorbells are a great invention. It seems like you either get the soft-knockers at your door or the overly-loud people who bang on your door. Over time, you’ll either miss people at your door or become annoyed with the people who endeavor to bang loudly. However, what’s even more annoying, is a doorbell that keeps ringing, especially if you can’t seem to turn it off! So, how do you fix it?

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Will A King-Size Comforter Be Too Big For A Queen Bed?

The comforter on your bed is essential, and it brings warmth to the bed and ties together the room. This is why when you find a comforter that you love, it can be hard to let it go. But what happens when you find a comforter that is a bit too big for your bed? Should you buy a whole new mattress or try to find a new comforter?

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Is Honey Locust Good Firewood?

There are all sorts of wood you can chop, season, and burn in your fireplace. The exact varieties all depend on where you live.

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How To Clean A Coffee Maker With Bleach (Quickly & Easily!)

A good ol’ cup of coffee is just the thing to start your day, but coffee is only good to drink if it comes from a clean coffee pot. Sometimes, neglect can get so bad, you actually may need a hardcore cleaning agent in order to fully sanitize your coffee maker. Thankfully, doing this is fairly easy and won’t take too long. 

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How To Fix The Gap Between A Stove And Countertop

When you are cooking, crumbs and ingredients are bound to fall into the gaps between your stovetop and counter. Instead of always pulling the stove out from the wall to clean underneath, you can quickly fill these spaces. But, what can you use to fill these gaps?

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What To Do When A Potato Grows 'Eyes'

If you have a recipe that calls for potatoes, and the only potatoes you have are growing buds, these will probably be safe to use. In most cases, it is safe to eat potatoes that are growing new roots on their exterior, but there are steps you need to take to ensure eating them is safe and delicious.

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How Much Weight Can Closetmaid Shelves Hold?

One day, not too long ago, I was at my mom’s house when I heard a loud crash. I ran to my closet where the noise was coming from and quickly noticed that the shelves had collapsed. Since then, we got Closetmaid shelving. We installed it in hopes of making sure we don’t see shelving topple again, but was it a good idea? Moreover, how much can these shelves hold?

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Can You Put Hot Pans On Granite? (Find Out Now!)

Kitchens are the centerpiece of many homes, and builder-owners put a lot of time and attention into its design. There are many choices for countertops, such as marble, or quartz, but many builders choose granite for durability and appearance. It is widely known amongst builders and renovators that it is heat resistant, but can you put hot pans on granite?

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How To Keep Squirrels Off The Roof (4 Ways To Do It!)

If you struggle with squirrels running all over your roof, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. With the risk of squirrels chewing through your roof, there are steps you’ll need to take to keep the little critters at bay. Though their fluffy tails may be cute, we don’t want them gnawing their way into our attics. 

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Should I Close The Door When Using A Humidifier?

Many homeowners invest in humidifiers, with approximately  eight million sold in the U.S. every year. Humidifiers are an important part of maintaining proper air quality in your home. These machines add moisture to dry air, which makes a big difference, especially for colder months.

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Can You Leave Old Furniture On The Curb?

You cannot legally leave your old furniture on the curb. It’s considered a hazard to put furniture on the street, and you can receive fines in some states and municipalities. There are exceptions to the rule if you call your trash collection service and request a large item pickup.

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How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Stainless Steel Surfaces

Stainless steel fixtures, appliances, and cutlery are welcome inside most homes because of how easy they are to clean. They even resist certain kinds of stains better than other materials.

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What Is A Roman Tub? (with Dimensions & Pictures)

One of life’s simple pleasures is being able to take a hot bath at the end of a long day. A bath is perfect for relaxation, but it can be frustrating when a bathtub isn’t big enough to properly lounge. A Roman tub is a solution to the struggles of smaller, modern-day tubs, but what is a Roman tub?

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How Many Years Does A Septic System Last?

If you’ve just moved into a new home in a rural or suburban area, chances are you have a septic system. But don’t worry! A septic system shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, though you might be wondering how long it will last. 

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What Will A 1000 Watt Generator Run? (Find Out Now!)

Power outages can throw a wrench in your plans and create a potentially dangerous environment at home. Generators can give any homeowner peace of mind when the power goes out to know that you can still run an important appliance. With that said, what will a 1,000-watt generator run?

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How Often Should You Change The Water In A Fish Tank?

It is quite rewarding to look at your fish tank, especially when the fish are healthy. The only downside of having a fish tank is that it requires lots of maintenance. Changing the water isn't fun, but it's necessary. So, how often should you change the water in a fish tank?

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How To Get Wood Stain Off Hands (3 Easy Ways To Do It!)

There are few things as satisfying as giving worn-out wooden furniture a crisp new finish. Unfortunately, we all know it can be a fairly messy endeavor. Even if you’re usually pretty persnickety about your wood staining use, it’s likely that you will end up with it on your hands. This can be a mess, especially if you have an event that night. So, how do you get this stain off your hands safely?

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Why Won't My Lawn Mower Start Without Starter Fluid?

Whether you dread mowing your lawn or love it, a faulty lawn mower makes cutting the grass a real pain. When your mower doesn’t start, starter fluid can help, but you shouldn’t need to use it all of the time. 

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How to Vacuum An AC System Without A Pump

There are many ways to improve the overall efficiency of your air conditioning system and reduce the risk of it completely failing. Vacuuming out your AC system is one of these regular maintenance tasks that should never be overlooked. But how do you vacuum an AC system without a pump?

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How Long Does Flour Last In The Pantry? (And How To Store It)

Flour can last anywhere from just two or three months or upwards of a year in your pantry. The exact expiration date depends on a few factors. Generally, white and all-purpose flour (the flour people buy the most) lasts between ten months and one year in the pantry in its unopened container. Once it is opened, the shelf life goes down by half, to about six months.

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How To Clean A Hoarder's House (Step-by-Step Guide)

Ask any professional cleaning crew what kind of homes they can’t stand, and they’ll tell you it’s a hoarder’s house. Hoarders compulsively store everything they possibly can, including old food, pets, and trash. A hoarder house is always a threat to a person’s safety and health. Unfortunately, someone has got to clean those kinds of homes. If you’re stuck with the job, there are a lot of things you need to know…

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How To Drain A Keurig B60 (Quickly & Easily!)

There could be many reasons for needing or wanting to drain your Keurig coffee maker. It could be a move, or perhaps it’s being sold, or maybe it just hasn’t been used for a while and needs refreshing. Perhaps it is even that new shiny Keurig model that goes so well with your new kitchen remodel? Whatever the reason is, it inevitably leads to one question above all others, and that question is about how to drain a Keurig B60.

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How To Remove Duct Tape Residue (8 Ways To Do It!)

Duct tape may arguably be the most versatile tool around. There’s a good chance that you will find it in most homes and toolboxes across the world because of said versatility and affordability. Moreover, duct tape can stick in a similar fashion to glue for quality adhesion.

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How To Turn On A Gas Fireplace With A Wall Switch [Quickly & Easily]

Having a gas fireplace not only makes your home look more elegant, but it also gives a cozy and inviting feel. There’s nothing better than making a cup of hot cocoa and snuggling up to the fire. If you’ve moved into a new home with a gas fireplace or you’re installing one yourself, it’s a good idea to know how it works. 

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Can I Stack A Different Brand of Washer and Dryer?

A washer and dryer combo is an essential in any homes. Stacking a washer and dryer takes up less space than having them side by side, and it is quite common.

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Does Having A Pet Decrease House Value?

Selling a house is a stressful process, so it helps to do everything you can do to ensure it goes smoothly. It’s no secret that pets are messy and can even be destructive, and that’s a concern for many homeowners when they sell their houses. Does having a pet decrease house value?

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How to Clean A Pedestal Sink Overflow

Have you ever taken a moment to inspect the back of your pedestal sink and noticed the small hole underneath the faucet? This small hole is referred to as an overflow hole and generally goes unnoticed, but you need to clean a pedestal sink overflow. The purpose of the overflow hole is to provide ventilation and collect any excess water that could cause your sink to spill over.

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Why Is The Dryer Blowing Cold Air?

Appliances such as washers and dryers are a modern necessity, but that doesn’t mean that they’re always easy to use. Dryers are prone to operational errors or unexplainable behavior just like any other appliance. So, why is your dryer blowing cold air, and should you be worried about it?

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Gorilla Ladders Vs. Little Giant: Which Ladder Is Best?

Choosing the right ladder can be tough because there are so many brands that make them, and many are similar. Good ladder manufacturers not only create a wide variety of ladder heights, but also several options for materials and purpose.

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How to Get Rid of Mice in Attic With Blown Insulation

Mice are small, fuzzy members of the rodent family that can cause just as many issues as the closely related rats and other large rodents. Not to mention, the bubonic plague, or Black Death, that occurred during the Middle Ages was carried by mice. It’s because of them that around half of Europe’s population perished from the plague.

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House Smells Like Skunk In The Winter? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

What looks like a skunk, smells like a skunk, and makes your house smell like a skunk? The answer seems pretty simple…or does it?

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House Smells Like Sewer When It Rains? (Possible Causes)

The existence of a sewage smell is unfortunate but has happened to homeowners at least once. You awake on a rainy morning or enter your home after a rainstorm, and it just doesn’t smell quite right. Instead of the clean, fresh scent, you are accustomed to welcoming you, your home reeks of sewer smell. It’s a strong, pungent odor that is reminiscent of a backed-up sewer.

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How To Get Diaper Cream Out Of Carpet (Step-by-Step Guide)

Ah, new joys of parenthood. Lots of bottle filling, lots of new stains to get rid of, and tons of new things you never knew about keeping a good house. One of the first new stains you’ll run into as a parent is the awkward spill that happens if you drop diaper cream on a carpet. So, how do you get this stuff out of your pre-baby carpet?

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How Many Coats of Primer On Cabinets? (You'd Be Surprised!)

When painting anything on the interior of your home, you need to use primer as an undercoat. The number of coats of primer you need can vary, depending on your desired end result.

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Which Moen Cartridge Do I Need? (We Have The Answer)

If you’re installing a Moen showerhead, then you already know that this company has a rep for being great at both temperature and pressure control. Of course, getting the showerhead is only half the battle. In order to complete your installation, you will need to buy the right Moen cartridge valve for your setup. But…which one is the right one for you, anyway?

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How Much Does It Cost To Pump A Septic Tank?

Believe it or not, many homeowners don’t realize they need to pump their septic tank regularly. Usually, the tank will back up throughout the house before anyone realizes what’s wrong. For those who live on land with a septic tank, the day will come where you need to pump it. How much will it cost you to do this?

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