Outdoor Man Cave Done Right

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Who said your man cave had to be inside? You can take it outdoors and still have a large flat screen TV and serious sound system, plus a great grill for manly eats and a mini fridge to keep your favorite beverages close. You can have all these luxuries outdoors, and when done right, still create a space the whole family can use too.

Must-haves for the ultimate outdoor man cave?

  • Outdoor TV
  • Great sound system
  • Grill
  • Outdoor fridge
  • Comfortable seating

Outdoor TV vs. Indoor TV

There are signifurlicant and important differences between outdoor and indoor television sets. An all-weather outdoor TV is designed specifically to withstand outdoor conditions such as heat, humidity, dust and even bugs and it … Read more...

Air Conditioning – Common Problems and Solutions

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A window air conditioner can provide the much-needed relief you need when the temperature rises, especially in homes without central air. To ensure you stay cool all summer long it’s important to know how to troubleshoot some common problems with the unit. You may not be able to fix every problem, but at the very least have an understanding of what the problem could be. From that point you can decide whether you need to repair the unit or purchase a new one.

My air conditioner won’t turn on.

First thing to do if you’re A/C unit won’t turn on is to check for power. Is the air conditioner plugged in? If so, test the outlet by plugging another appliance … Read more...

Create Your Backyard Getaway

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If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!

Design a Layout

The first thing you want to think about is layout.  When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or … Read more...

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

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Dirty clothes go in and clean clothes come out; it’s like magic! Only this magic is limited to how well you take care of your washing machine. Did you know you should clean your washing machine once a month? Dirt and grime that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle winds up trapped within the machine, and over time clothes may not come out as clean and fresh smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer running at its best and avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and scum that contribute to odor, you need to clean your machine. Here’s how:

Things you should know:

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Mattress Buying Guide – What To Consider When Choosing The Right Mattress

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Any mattress that helps you sleep comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed, without pain and stiffness, is the best mattress for you. Unfortunately, there is no single mattress that works for all people, so finding your perfect mattress can be a challenge. Everyone’s bodies adjust to mattresses differently, and all have a preference to the firmness. Here is an easy guide to explain the various options you have to choose from.

Mattress Size: What size is appropriate for my room and situation?

Let’s start with the simple option first: size. Picking the size of the mattress should be the first thing you do.  Take into consideration the size of the sleeper as well as the size of the room this … Read more...

Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Efficiently

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As the temperatures rise, so do energy costs. We all know running the air conditioner during the summer months can be quite costly, but a cool home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some tips on how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently while keeping those energy bills low, without compromising your comfort.

Keep the Cool In and the Heat Out

Make sure your home is properly sealed. Check your attic to make sure it has been properly insulated. If you can see the attic joists, you will need to add more insulation. Check your windows and doors for drafts and seal up any cracks with caulking or weather stripping.

Help Your Air Conditioner Breathe

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Get Your Grill Ready For Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and summer marks the start of grilling season. What better way to celebrate the warm weather than with some barbeque? Your BBQ grill has probably been sitting, unused, for months… and the last time it was opened was when you took off your final burger last summer. Did you clean it?

Let’s face it… your grill needs a good spring cleaning to welcome in the summer season. In just 5 steps you’ll have a clean BBQ and even better tasting food on Memorial Day. So without further ado, let’s get to work!

Before you begin, please make sure your grill is off and the propane tank is disconnected.

Step 1

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Common Washing Machine Problems and Solutions

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The next time your washing machine isn’t working try checking all the simple things first before you call the repair man. Troubleshooting can save you a lot of time and money. If you still can’t resolve the issue after you have done these simple checks, then it might be time to call professional help.

Whether you have a front load washer or a top load washer, here are some common problems that can occur with your machine and easy solutions to fix them.

My Washer is Vibrating

There are a few possible reasons your washing machine could be vibrating: unbalanced load of laundry, the washer is not level, or the washer feet may not be locked in and contacting the … Read more...

How to Mount Your Flat Screen TV

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Mounting a TV on the wall frees up space in the home and gives a much cleaner appearance, but it can be an intimidating task. To help you out, we have put together a how-to guide with tips to mounting your TV so you can avoid the most common mistakes.

Things you should know before you get started. . .

Preparation:

  • Be sure you have all the necessary hardware, mounting kit, and cables required to complete the installation.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for both the TV and the wall mount. If you have not purchased a wall-mounting bracket yet, check your TV’s owner manual for mounting guidelines. Always check the screen size and the weight that a bracket can hold.
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Prepare Your Oven for Thanksgiving with These Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for opening our home to friends and family. We are going are over our grocery lists, pulling out the table settings, and cleaning and decorating our home in preparation for this holiday. However, there’s one important thing we all may overlook… our oven. We put a lot of faith in our ovens that day, so it’s smart to get it prepared as well.

Here are a few Tips:

Clean your oven now.  If you have a self cleaning oven do not use this feature the day before or day of a big holiday, as your oven could overheat and damage a key component such as a fuse or Read more...