Sanding Prep for Staining

The same color stain on the same piece of wood could produce significantly different colors.  Here is a little tip that will help you control the stain color.  One of the factors is the sanding process.  Stain soaks into the wood to darken the natural color of the wood.  The more stain absorbed by the…

Easy Picture Hang

A very simple thing that can be a source of aggravation is getting the wire from a picture over the hook on the wall.  You have probably found that your hand and arm are too fat to fit behind the picture to guide the wire over the hook.The fix is easy.  Get a drinking straw. …

Cleaning the Refrigerator Coil

The  performance of your refrigerator and freezer are dependent on the ability of the coils to disperse the heat pulled out of the cooling compartments.   Over time dust builds up in the coils and it acts like insulation around the coil.  This holds the heat in the coil reducing the unit’s ability to cool.  The…

Sealing Air Ducts

The cooler weather is here and, we have talked about a lot of ways to save energy dollars all year so let’s talk about one that works both winter and summer. You could be losing money at the duct to vent connections.  The codes now require that all joints be wrapped with a duct tape…

Proper CFL Disposal

We frequently talk about the benefits of  CFL’s; Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.  CFL’s are an innovation in lighting that is widely accepted but CFL’s need proper attention at disposal time because they contain mercury.  While the amount of mercury in a bulb is pretty minimal it still merits proper handling.   Here’s the bottom line.  Do not…

Temperature difference between register and return

It’s the time of year to make sure that you have had your heating system checked out before the cold weather sets in.  We get a lot of questions about air conditioning and heat.  Lots of callers ask about situations where a room or rooms upstairs are hotter than the rest of the house and…

Shingle Repair Color Match

When something happens to your roof and you need to replace just a few shingles, matching the color can be difficult or impossible.  A good practice is to save a bundle or two of shingles when you have your house re-roofed so you have them for such occasions.  However, even if you have the same…

Water Saving Tips

Every year some part of the country in a drought. Here are some simple ideas, if practiced consistently, save a lot of water. Use the water from your dehumidifier to water plants. When you start the water for your bath or shower save the cold water that comes out of the faucet first.  Use it…

Condensation on Register Vents

I was reminded of this tip by a colleague who asked a question about mold around the heat and AC registers especially ones that are located in the ceiling.  This is usually caused by air leaking out around the vent boot that connects to the register.  It is allowing hot and humid air from the…

Non Conductive Wasp Spray

Cooler weather means getting up and looking at the gutters and cleaning out leaves.  Invariably you will find a wasp or hornet’s nest tucked up in the eve or gable.  You should have wasp spray close by. However, if you are spraying near an electric box or near the electric wires entering your house you…