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You Need This! Charge Your iPhone With a Built-in USB Wall Outlet.

Sat, 07/06/2013 - 19:33

In the tutorial 2-Prong Outlet to GFCI Upgrade I show you how to easily modernize your old ungrounded electrical outlet into a safe Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet.

Well, here is another outlet conversion you can easily do youreself.

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Fix That Leaky Single Handle Cartridge Faucet!

Sat, 06/29/2013 - 21:49

One of the most popular kitchen and bath faucet types is the cartridge faucet. Cartridge faucets are reliable, economical and easy to repair. They come in a variety of styles and can be found in one handle and two handle models.

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Get a Free Garbage Disposal "Mulligan"

Thu, 06/20/2013 - 09:54

We all love the do-over. Whether it's a free "mulligan" in golf, or a complete makeover when redecorating a room, we all love a second chance at something.

Well, with a "reset button" even your garbage disposal can give you a second chance! Yes, this little known feature called a reset button can be your best friend providing you that free "mulligan" or second chance when your garbage disposal gets stuck. Read all about it and more tips to free a stuck garbage disposal in the tutorial Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting.

Moen Faucet and Excellent Customer Service

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 17:25

You know it's nice when you get blown away by great customer service. Well, that happened to me today.

I was looking for a replacement faucet cartridge for a friend's old leaky single handle kitchen faucet as you see in the blog photo. (Single handle kitchen faucets can be ball, cartridge or disc types).

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Painting Your Baby's Room

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 22:30

Expecting a baby soon? Making your nursery a cheerful, safe place for baby is a big part of getting ready for your new arrival. But not all paints are safe for children or adults.

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Selling Your Home? Here are My Top 10 Interior Repair Tips for Sellers

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 14:24

The real estate market seems to be taking a positive turn in most markets, even in southeastern Michigan where yours truly is based. But besides curb appeal, selling your home quickly for a good price still requires the home's interior to provide a positive impression to your buyer and their home inspector.

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How to Repair an Aluminum Frame Screen Door

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 18:37

Screen doors are great on those days when you want some of that "outside" brought into your house. But if you have kids or pets, that screen door can take a beating and may need a screen repair at some point. Maybe your dog or a child exited the screen door a little too enthusiastically like my dog did in this blog photo.

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How To Repair a Single Handle Disc Faucet

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:59

Today I want to talk about the Disc Faucet, a premium type of faucet that uses two ceramic discs for long life.

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Maintaining a Window Mounted Air Conditioner

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 03:44

If you don't have a central air conditioning system in your home you may still have a window air conditioner. Window air conditioners are popular and very common due to their effectiveness, value and ease of installation.

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Central Air Conditioning Repair for Your Home

Sat, 05/25/2013 - 14:04

Sometimes Spring can be a strange time of year when weather can be hot one day and cool another. You may have already experienced some days this year when you wanted your air conditioning on but when your thermostat called for cooling, nothing happened. No worries, it may be a fairly simple problem you can easily fix....

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Removing a Stripped or Broken Screw

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 20:07

You know that "what am I going to do now?!" feeling. The stuck screw you were trying to remove just got stripped and now it's not going anywhere.

Well, there's an easy solution and sometimes the most powerful tool can come in the smallest package. That includes this little beauty known as a screw extractor which is used to remove stripped or broken screws and bolts.

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Transform the Feel of Your Room with an Electronic Dimmer

Sat, 05/18/2013 - 10:29

Adding a dimmer to a wall light switch is easy and can transform the feel of a room. Today's controlled electronic dimmers are beautiful, energy efficient and easy to use. These thin profile elegant dimmers extend the life of your bulbs, save electricity and provide the elegance of mood lighting.

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Your One Stop Shop for Garbage Disposal Repair and Information

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:43

We all appreciate the convenience of the garbage disposal although we may take it for granted until the disposal stops working.

And what happens when it stops working? You may think you have a major repair bill coming or be tempted to just go out and buy a new unit. But did you know that in many cases the disposal can be easily fixed? One of my most popular tutorials is how to troubleshoot and repair a garbage disposal which can save you hundreds of dollars!

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Composite Decking From Fiberon is a Great Alternative to Wood Decking

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:00

Decking material can come in natural wood or composite plastic material.

With natural decking you may run into problems with the boards cupping. If you put the wrong side of the deck board facing down, the board may cup.

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Refinishing a Wood Deck

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 20:40

Memorial Day is fast approaching and that means backyard BBQ on the deck. But is that wood deck of yours is looking a little tired? Refinishing a wood deck is a great summer project that will improve your outdoor living space and extend the life of your deck. And your deck is a significant investment in your home.

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Install Shelving that Does Not Sag

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 10:08

OK, so you have an area of wall in your home or apartment and you want to install a shelf. Sounds simple, right?

Shelf installation is a popular home repair project that seems simple until you try to install one that won't sag. In order to avoid sagging shelves you need to know the span limitations of different shelving materials. Also, installing a wall shelf to support heavy items will require an installation designed to support the weight of what's being hung.

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Repairing a Single Lever Ball Faucet

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 22:13

Single lever faucets are still very popular for kitchen and bath use. However, not all single lever faucets are the same. Your single lever kitchen faucet or bathroom sink faucet may be either a disk faucet or a ball faucet.

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Meet Your New "Home Appliance" - The LED Light Bulb

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 18:35

In several articles and blog posts, I've tried to educate my readers on the risks of CFL use. Despite the hype and almost religious-like advocacy some people and organizations have for CFL lighting, CFL's are less than ideal. Given the health risks and poor performance of CFL bulbs in the home, I have been eager to see a lighting technology that was safe, energy efficient, reliable and economical.

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How to Clear a Clogged Tub Drain

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 12:27

We all despise a slow draining bath tub. Yes, we pretend for a few days that it will magically get better on its own, but then there comes a time when that drain just has to get cleaned.

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How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Siding

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:48

Few home improvements or repairs can improve the appearance, curb appeal and value of your house like new siding, with vinyl siding, wood siding, cement fiber siding, aluminum siding and brick veneer being some of the most common exterior siding options available.

One of the most popular and easy to repair siding choices is vinyl siding. In the tutorial How to Repair Damaged Vinyl Siding and Find Replacement Siding I explain how vinyl siding goes together, how to take it apart, how to remove a damaged section of siding and how to replace it with new stock.

In addition, I'll give you a tip on how to find discontinued replacement stock for a better match, using a siding matching service from ITEL Laboratories Inc. Very useful for those siding colors that are, well, just not found in nature!

Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

Antioch - Aptakisic - Bannockburn - Beach Park - Channel Lake - Cuba - Deer Park - Deerfield - Deerpath - Del Mar Woods - Diamond Lake - Forest Lake - Fox Lake - Fremont Center - Gages Lake - Gilmer - Grayslake - Great Lakes - Green Oaks - Gurnee - Hainesville - Half Day - Hawthorn Woods - Hickory Corners - Highland Park - Highmoor - Highwood - Idlewild - Indian Creek - Ingleside - Island Lake - Ivanhoe - Kildeer - Knollwood - Lake Barrington - Lake Bluff - Lake Forest - Lake Villa - Lake Zurich - Libertyville - Lincolnshire - Lindenhurst - Long Grove - Long Lake - Loon Lake - Mettawa - Millburn - Mundelein - North Chicago - Oak Grove - Old Mill Creek - Park City - Prairie View - Ravinia - Riverwoods - Rondout - Rosecrans - Round Lake - Round Lake Beach - Round Lake Heights - Round Lake Park - Skokie Junction - Sylvan Lake - Third Lake - Tower Lake - Vernon Hills - Volo - Wadsworth - Wauconda - Waukegan - Wildwood - Winthrop Harbor - Woodridge  Zion 

 

Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth