Archive for November, 2007

Concerned About Your Existing Mortgage?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Learn What You Can do to Protect Your Home
If you feel like you may be in danger of facing foreclosure and need immediate help, call 888-995-HOPE or visit www.995hope.org. Homeowner’s HOPE™, a counseling service provided by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, can work with you to find a solution.
How to Avoid Foreclosures and Keep Your Home […]

Fast Facts About Trees and Leaves

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

- What are leaves? They are miniature factories that use sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, and chlorophyll to make food for themselves and their plant.
- Why do leaves fall in the autumn? The shorter days mean less sunlight and the “factory” can’t sustain itself and falls from the branch.
- Why do leaves turn colors in autumn? […]

26 Things to Do with Olive Oil Other Than Cooking.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Olive oil can be used for literally scores of things besides cooking. Go to our Home Hints eNews article for some different ways to use olive oil that we hope you might find useful around the household and for personal care. Just grab a bottle of inexpensive, domestic olive oil for around-the-house use. You […]

How to Deal With Ghosting Doors

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:: Do your hinged interior doors “ghost” from the open position towards the closed?
Answer: If your foundation is level, one thing you might try is to remove the hinge pins and bend or bow them SLIGHTLY in the middle. The additional friction might help keep the door from opening or closing on its own.

Is A Programmable Thermostat Worth The Investment?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
I have a standard thermostat for my heating and cooling unit. Should I upgrade to a programmable thermostat?
Answer:
Most Definitely!
With a programmable thermostat, you can heat your home at various temperatures throughout the day, allowing the house to be cooler when no one is home or when everyone is asleep. Then you can crank up […]

How Can I Prevent Wood Rot On The Trim Of My House?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
How can I help prevent wood rot on my wood window sills and trim?
Answer:
There are three good ways to help prevent wood rot on your wood window sills and trim. The first thing is to keep the bushes and shrubs trimmed back away from the house at least eighteen inches. Second, the window sills and […]

Do The Rubber Hoses On My Washing Machine Need To Be Replaced?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
Our clothes washing machine is connected to the hot and cold water supply lines with the black rubber hoses. Should we replace the rubber hoses?
Answer:
Yes! One of the best things you can do to minimize the risk of a flood in your home is replace your existing rubber washing machine supply line hoses with […]

Are Double Key Deadbolt Locks Unsafe?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
We have double key deadbolt locks on our doors. Should we replace the double key deadbolt locks with single key deadbolt locks?
Answer:
Double key deadbolt locks present a serious safety issue to household occupants in the event of a fire. First, in the event of a fire you won’t be able to find the key. And […]

It Takes My Clothes Too Long To Get Dry In My Clothes Dryer. Any Ideas?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
It seems like it takes longer and longer for our clothes dryer to get our clothes dry? Any suggestions?
Answer:
My first thought is that the clothes dryer vent needs to be cleaned out. When the vent line gets clogged up with lint it takes a lot longer for your clothes to get dry.
As a matter of […]

Do I Need GFCI Electrical Outlets?

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Question:
My house was built prior to 1990 and we don’t have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protected electrical outlets. Should we upgrade the existing outlets?
Answer:
Absolutely! Today GFCI electrical outlets are required in all wet areas around the home, i.e., kitchens, and baths, garages, basements and on the exterior of the home. They are an […]