Is It Safe To Leave A Fluorescent Light Bulb Socket Empty?

Sometimes conditions change and you don’t’ need as much light as the original situation required. You may be interested in saving money by reducing the number of lights on when you flip the switch.  In either case, removing unneeded lightbulbs from a fluorescent fixture may sound like a great solution.

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Are SodaStream Bottles Dishwasher Safe? (Find Out Now!)

Sparkling water is more popular now than ever before. Buying it in bottles or cans can become an expensive habit and is bad for the environment. Thankfully, things like SodaStream exist. In fact, the SodaStream has quickly become one of the most popular modern kitchen tools, as it allows people to make their own carbonated beverages in the comfort of their own home.

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Should You Install A Basement Vapor Barrier?

Vapor barriers go between the insulation and drywall to prevent problems that come with moisture such as mold. However, vapor barriers can be just as harmful as they are helpful depending on where you install them. So, should you install a basement vapor barrier?

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How Unlevel Can An Intex Pool Be? (Find Out Now!)

Intex pools, also known as above-ground pools, are popular because they’re affordable. However, they’re not without their problems. They’re more prone to breaking and they also tend to be at the mercy of the ground around them. One of the biggest issues is obviously going to be the slope of the ground around the pool. One might even wonder how much slant is too much…

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Is Your Gas Meter Squeaking? (Possible Causes & Fixes)

You finally locate that strange squeaking noise.  The noise, a high-pitched squeaking sound, is coming from your gas meter.  What causes a gas meter to squeak and what should I do about it?

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How To Open A Locked Bathroom Door (6 Ways To Do It!)

Trying to unlock a locked bathroom can be stressful and even frightening. No matter if you’re locked in a room or outside of it, getting to where you want to be is key. Thankfully, bathroom doors usually have privacy locks, instead of security locks. 

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When To Throw Away Wooden Spoons

Kitchen cutlery comes in every material imaginable. From silicone and other man-made materials, to aluminum and other types of metal. But when it comes to aesthetics and chef preference, nothing beats a good solid wooden spoon for stirring a sauce. But unlike other materials, wood does not last forever. In fact, it deteriorates so much over time that it eventually needs to be tossed in the trash. So, when is it time to throw away your wooden spoon and purchase a new one?

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How To Remove Lacquer From Brass Surfaces (Do This!)

There’s something about the understated beauty and elegance of brass that makes it a terrific addition to any home interior. Use brass items as accent pieces throughout your living and dining rooms to wow your guests. Brass looks even better when it features the right kind of finish.

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These Types Of Cheese Last The Longest In The Fridge

If you are looking for the cheese that will last the longest in the refrigerator, look no further than the firm and delicious parmesan. Parmesan can last months or even a year in your refrigerator. This cheese lasts so long because it is dry, aged, and salty. Typically the driest parmesan and aged varieties of this cheese last the longest.

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How To Push Back A Retaining Wall (Step-by-Step Guide)

That old retaining wall may have been beautiful when they first made it. In fact, it was probably necessary to protect your yard from erosion or dangerous slopes. However, if you need more room in your yard and you have this big retaining wall in the way, what can you do?

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What to Do When Your Kwikset Door Latch Won't Retract [Quick Fix]

Is your Kwikset door latch stuck and are you experiencing retraction issues? With a compromised door latch, your daily routine becomes distrusted and your privacy severely diminished. It’s important that you find a solution as quick as possible and also a way to fix it that will prevent the issue from reoccurring.

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Why Won't My Heat Pump Go Into Defrost Mode?

Does your heat pump have a buildup of ice or is it having trouble entering defrost mode? Eventually, almost every heat pump will reach a point where it creates ice on its mechanisms. The machine will then enter a mode known as defrosting in order to combat and melt the ice.

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Is Propane Cheaper If You Own Your Own Tank?

Hank Hill might be the world’s most popular propane salesman, and from watching King of the Hill, you’d never guess that propane is such an expensive fuel. But it is. People who are on a budget and regularly use this fuel often seek out ways to trim costs. One of the more popular rumors about propane prices is that you can get a discount if you own your tank. But is this true?

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Why Do Towels Smell After Washing?

Is there anything worse than going through the trouble of washing your towels, but they stink like a sweaty locker room? (Okay, there are probably lots worse things, but after you spend time doing laundry, nothing else comes to mind at that moment.) You should have fresh, clean linens, so why do your towels smell after washing?

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The Best Paint Strippers For Wood (Ultimate Guide)

Whether you’re looking to restore a piece of furniture, wooden molding, or another type of woodwork, you’ll likely find yourself needing to strip down the pre-existing layers of paint. As with any other paint job, the initial preparation is the most important step. In fact, the condition of the painting surface heavily determines the quality of the finish once you’ve completed painting.

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How To Get Oil Pastels Out Of Carpet (Step-by-Step Shade Guide)

As someone who appreciates arts and has plenty of artist friends, I already know how bad art supplies can stain everything in sight. I mean, that’s what they are meant to do, right? Unfortunately, that’s only true when it’s on a canvas. When you have something like an oil pastel spill on your carpet, it’s normal to freak out. But, what on earth can you do with something this pigmented?

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How To Remove A Faucet Aerator That Is Stuck

A faucet aerator is a great way to conserve water usage and save a bit of money on your water bill. Faucet aerators mix air in with the water stream, saving up to an extra 16 gallons of water per day! It’s essential to clean your faucet aerator regularly and replace it every year to ensure continued efficiency.

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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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Heat & Glo Fireplace Turns On and Off? (Here's What To Do)

Are you having trouble with your Heat & Glo fireplace turning on and off? This can be a bit of a mystery, however, we’ve got a few answers, that might solve your problems.

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Can You Put Boxing Gloves In The Washing Machine? (Find Out Now!)

Zboxing remains a popular sport with many people actively engaged in boxing training and competition. Even training often involved sparring with an opponent. Frequent contact with sweat and other fluids can leave your boxing gloves dirty. Many boxers wonder if their boxing gloves can go in the washer for a quick and easy cleaning?

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How To Reset A Whirlpool Dishwasher (Do This!)

From time to time, your Whirlpool dishwasher may show a flashing light. The good thing is that most modern dishwashers come with some form of self-diagnosing feature to it, you just need to know how to implement that feature.

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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 Much Candy Should You Buy For Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for many people, regardless of age. Between the candy, spooky decorations, and fun community vibe, Halloween is a time for people to come together. So, how much candy should you buy for Halloween?

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Can I Use 10W30 Instead of SAE30 in My Lawn Mower?

For many homeowners, choosing the grade of oil they use in their lawn mower can be tricky. A common oil grade that people use in their lawn mower is SAE30. However, many people wonder whether or not they can swap out the SAE30 in favor of 10W30.

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How To Neutralize Muriatic Acid

Muriatic acid is one of those chemicals that sounds scary but can easily be a DIY fan’s best friend. This acid is regularly used to etch glass, prep masonry for paint, restore surface appearances in basements, and fight mildew. However, it’s a pretty strong chemical that can easily cause burns and damage if left as a spill. That’s why knowing how to neutralize it is so important.

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How Much Propane Does A Stove Use?

Many homeowners prefer propane over natural gas because it is safer and more convenient. With that said, it is still wise to be aware of your propane consumption when you use a stove. So, how much propane does a stove use?

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How Many Hours Can You Run A Gas Fireplace?

Ah, the warm glow of a crackling fire…is there anything more delightfully cozy? If you’re a proud owner of a gas fireplace, you might enjoy snuggling up by the fireside all evening. But, how many hours can you run a gas fireplace before you have problems?

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How To Connect PVC Pipe Without Fittings

PVC pipe fittings are a convenient tool. They make it easier to accurately and securely connect PVC piping. Most of all, they are effective for taking apart PVC piping, too, taking a lot of the hassle out of the disconnection process.

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How To Remove Double-Sided Tape and Residue (Step-by-Step Guide)

Double-sided tape is a tool used around the home for both repair and modification. It’s incredibly versatile and can prove helpful in a wide variety of situations.

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Can My Neighbor Put Up A Fence Without My Permission?

Imagine the following scenario. You and your neighbor have been living next to each other for years, and you never really had any issues. Yet, one day, you notice a construction crew near your yard. They’re putting up a fence! You’re confused because you’re not really sure whether or not they are allowed to do this. Is this even legal?

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Got Water In The Bottom Of The Dishwasher? (We Have A Fix!)

If there is still water in the bottom of your dishwasher after it is done running, don’t freak out. There are ways to fix it. And it is often a minor issue that you can fix yourself.

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How Do I Know If My Water Pressure Regulator Is Bad?

Water pressure regulators are an essential part of our plumbing systems. These devices help to bring the pressure of the water to a safe level. Most pressure reducing valves have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

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How Much Wind Can A Mobile Home Withstand?

When I was growing up, I didn’t know much about mobile homes aside from the fact that they were supposedly bad with tornados. But then again, not many homes are good with tornado wind speeds. While mobile homes are not exactly lauded for their wind hardiness, there has to be some point that they are built to withstand wind, right? What’s the limit?

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How To Dispose Of 1lb Propane Cylinders (Easily & Safely!)

Everyone has used them at one time or another.  We are talking about the ubiquitous green propane cylinders that are popular for fueling camp stoves, lanterns, and tent heaters.  The problem is how to dispose of these 1lb propane cylinders when they are empty.

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How To Keep Outdoor Extension Cords Dry

Having your own space outside can be relaxing. It can also be the perfect gathering spot during the summer! Especially if you hook up some ambiance lighting and music! The only drawback to your oasis is the varying weather conditions. What if it rains? How do you keep your extension cord dry?

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Can You Put Cleats In The Washer? (Find Out Now!)

Cleats are used to play a variety of sports. When these are brand new, they’re pretty nice to look at and they even smell good too. But cleats don’t stay in good condition forever, as soon after they’re out of the box they’re hitting the mud or dirt and absorbing all the sweat from your feet.

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Can You Wash Microfiber Couch Cushions? (Find Out Now!)

I love the look of a microfiber couch, and really, who doesn’t? Microfiber is the modern alternative to suede and is regularly ranked as one of the easiest to clean materials for sofas. It’s even pet-friendly! Cleaning it, though, can be a bit of a hassle. Is it possible to wash microfiber couch cushions, and if so, how?

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How To Hardwire An Orbit Sprinkler Timer

If you already have a sprinkler system in place, it is definitely time that you think about hooking up the sprinkler timer into the system itself. The timer has many benefits over the long run that will make it more than worth the time.

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How Long Does Cheesecake Last In The Fridge? (Find Out Now!)

Cheesecake is a near-universally loved desert. It can be sweet and unctuous and surprisingly filling as well. Breaking out some cheesecake makes for a great after-dinner treat whether you are hosting or enjoying a quiet night in.

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Whirlpool Duet Dryer Not Heating? (We Have a Fix!)

When your Whirlpool Duet electric dryer appears to stop heating, it is not just inconvenient and frustrating. You might be thinking about costly repair bills as well, but don’t.

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How To Change A Honeywell Thermostat Battery (Step-by-Step Guide)

Honeywell has been a mainstay in the HVAC world for ages thanks to their world-class workmanship. This is especially true when you take a look at their thermostats. They last for ages without even needing so much as a battery change for months, if not years. But eventually, you will need to change their batteries if you want to keep your thermostat going. But how do you do that?

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How Much Does It Cost To Remove Animals From The Attic?

Having animals in the attic is not only frightening to deal with, but it is an invasion of your home’s privacy. Sure, it may only be a furry critter, but animals stuck in your attic create noise disturbances as well as a sanitary risk. Most homeowners’ first instinct when they hear an animal in the attic is to reach for the phone and call a service to get it removed.

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How To Get Whipworms Out Of Your Yard

Being a pet owner means that you will have to keep an eye out for threats to your furry friend. Sometimes, these threats are other animals or eating the wrong thing. Other times, it’s something simpler, like whipworms. If you want to keep your dog or cat worm-free, then you need to keep an eye out for whipworms that might be in your yard.

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Can You Power Wash A Rug? (Find Out Now!)

Today, we live in an era that is celebrated for being the age of lifehacks. Want to wash a wall? There are tricks for that. Want to wash a floor? Just go on Google and you’ll find a ton of information on how to do it quickly and effectively. These days, we’re even talking about power washing rugs. Is this actually okay, though?

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Cost To Replace A Heating Element In A Dryer

Your dryer’s main job is to heat your clothes enough that they dry. When it stops doing this simple task, that’s a major problem. If your clothes are still damp after a cycle in the dryer, you probably have a faulty heating element. 

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Can I Sue My Landlord For Mold?

The landlord/tenant relationship is supposed to offer mutual protection. For the costs of rent, the tenant should be able to expect timely repairs, safe conditions, and all of the protections and rights that come with being a tenant.

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Why Are Bugs Coming Out Of My Drain?

You may see bugs come out of your drain because they either entered through a pipe or hid within the drain. Some bugs, such as flies, are drawn to sink and shower drains and even reproduce in them. This is mostly common with clogged drains, as they provide plenty of cover for mating and nesting.

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Does Your Toro Recycler 22 Not Start? [Common Causes & Fixes]

All new Toro mowers are auto choke which means typically, to start it, all you need to do is pull and hold the handlebar bail lever, then yank on the pull cord. Despite the fact that Toro builds great machines, but in the event, you pull your Toro Recycler 22 out of the garage and it won’t start, you are going to need to know how to fix it.

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Counties Without Building Codes? (Here Are the Details)

Whether you’re making improvements to an existing home or it’s new construction, building codes can squash your plans. In some cases, building codes force you to alter your design significantly. While in more severe scenarios, you can’t move forward with the work at all.

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How To Light A Gas Fireplace Without An Ignitor

When you first got your fireplace, you probably were wondering how to use it. This is particularly true with ignition. You might have had an ignitor in your design, or you might not have. Either way, when you want to use a fireplace and don’t seem to have a proper way to light it, it can be frustrating. So, what can you do?

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Can A Tankless Water Heater Fill A Tub?

For many years, the tankless water heater has been a popular alternative to conventional tank water heaters in Europe and throughout the world. However, North American consumers have only just recently discovered the benefits involved with tankless water heaters.

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How Often Should You Replace Pillows?

Sleeping without a comfortable pillow can mean a rough night's sleep. In a perfect world, pillows would last forever and never lose their comfort. Sadly, that’s not the case. So, how often should you replace your pillows?

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How To Clean A Persian Rug By Hand (In 3 Easy Steps!)

Persian rugs are considered to be the gold standard when it comes to luxury carpeting, especially if they’re hand woven. Unfortunately, they’re not exactly easy to clean. Unlike commercially-made rugs, Persian rugs do not come with instructions neatly printed on tags. However, they still need to be cleaned, and most of the time, it has to be done by hand. But…how?

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How To Clean A Window AC Unit Without Removing It

Although easy to forget, window air conditioners do need to be cleaned. Notably, window AC units become less efficient as they get dirty. In fact, they may even contain mold.

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11 Things To Pack When Taking An Impromptu Summer Picnic

Apart from the food, a good blanket is the most important item to bring to a summer picnic. You can use all sorts of blankets on a picnic, but some are better than others. The first consideration you need to make is the blanket size. In most circumstances, bigger is better. Remember, you need room not only for you and your guests, but also for your spread of food, and maybe other belongings. You should also choose a blanket that is durable and thick. Thin blankets can allow grass to sneak through and tend to be less comfortable.

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How To Get Rid Of Virginia Creeper (Step By Step Guide)

If you’ve spent a lot of time cultivating a beautiful garden, you don’t want pesky invaders taking over your space. Invasive species like the Virginia creeper steal resources from other plants in the area. This can easily lead to a dead garden.

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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 Long Does It Take For Pipes To Freeze?

Cold weather can be a nuisance for any homeowner between expensive heating bills and snow. Freezing temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze,  and that can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage in some cases. So, how long does it take for pipes to freeze?

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Pantry Items Everyone Needs In Anticipation Of Hurricane

If you live along the coast, or in a region prone to severe weather, then you are likely aware of the danger of hurricanes and tropical storms. They can completely demolish homes and entire communities in their path. In some cases, you might even be ordered to evacuate your home when a hurricane is expected to hit. In other circumstances, it is your responsibility to hope for the best but plan for the worst. As you begin preparing your home and gathering emergency essentials, you might wonder exactly what you should buy at the grocery store to properly prepare your pantry for a hurricane.

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How To Clean Walls Without Removing Paint

It’s something we all have dreamed about; perfectly painted walls. Maybe even a gorgeous mural to really make the dining room stand out. But what do you do when it comes to washing them? Don’t worry! We will tell you how to clean them without removing any of the paint.

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