Author: The Mature Man

A homes a/c unit sitting outside a brick house

Air Conditioner Cage

Best ways to protect your home’s air conditioning system from damage or theft. When you own your own single-family home there are many concerns that you might have about theft. In this day and time, as much as we like to consider our neighborhood, safe, theft does happen. Your a/c unit can be an easy target too! What we are seeing in some areas is a marked, or recurring uptick in the theft of copper and other components from air conditioning units. If you haven’t experienced it an a/c unit theft, or don’t know someone who has, you are lucky. What happens is that you come home from work, and find that your home is very warm. You ask yourself why? You then you proceed to reduce the thermostat further. That should do the trick, right?! Then what happens is…nothing. Yes, you hear the fans of the inside unit running, but no cold air is coming from the vents. The house is not getting cooler. The next part is the most disturbing part, you go outside to see what is the matter, and you find that the a/c unit is either missing, or substantially damaged. How does this happen, and what can be done about it? Myself, I have had friends who have had this happen to, as well as work colleagues. It is rarely at an opportune time, since it’s most often during the heat of the summer. Plus it can be VERY expensive! One fix, and it’s pretty easy is to put a lock on the electrical shut-off box on the unit. You see, from what I understand is that if the thief cannot turn off the power, he or she can’t steal it. I used the locking the shut-off box method on my own home and it

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How to Patch Drywall

DIY – Prepare to sell your home by repairing small drywall holes and dents. Have you asked yourself if you would be able to figure out how to patch the drywall in your home? When you are preparing to sell your home, you will want to make sure that you’ve done everything that you can to have your home be move-in ready. That includes not only un-clutter the closets, cleaning base boards, and washing windows, but also includes repairing any imperfections in your drywall surfaces. Drywall imperfections as simple as doorknob indentations, surface imperfections from children’s toys, to noticeable holes whether in conspicuous, or inconspicuous places. The video below will show you some basics of patching drywall in the home. Repairs that would be pretty simple to do, even for the least handiest of people. I know that Home Depot and Lowes sell kits for drywall repair, and those may help in making the process even more fool-proof, and less messy, or frustrating. Of course for any more substantial repair of drywall, requiring perhaps a new section of board to be installed, I would suggest hiring a professional, unless you consider yourself very handy around the house. You may even ask a friend, if he or she has ever done that kind of work, and perhaps they can team up with you to show you how. Products to Help You Repair Drywall A reminder that the links on this page may be affiliate links, including some that are Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for qualifying purchases through the links (at not cost to you). This does not change my opinion of the product or service, but does help to support the site. Thank you! Don’t forget to check out my Amazon Influencer Page, where you can see many of my favorite clothing, personal care, travel,

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Hidden Litter Box Furniture

HGTV – DIY – How to hide your cat’s litter box from view. Having trouble figuring out where to store your kitties litter box? Can’t quite come up with a way to allow your pet to find their “place” in your home, but still not allowing it to be in the way of others, or be an eyesore to guests? How about either building or buying hidden litter box furniture?! This idea for storing a cat litter container offered by HGTV is a creative fix,. Yet is a relatively easy solution for storing your cats litter box. All the while this DIY project still allows the box to be functional, yet out of the way. What I like about it is that you can buy the elements you need easily, either from Amazon like these units below, or if you prefer you can get the cabinet from your local hardware store, like Lowes, or Home Depot. You will also need some tools, so make sure to watch the video to make a list of the specialty tools you will need. Having had a cat, I know how difficult it can be to find the perfect set-up for your cat’s litter box, but of all that I have seen this is one of the better ones, especially if you have the space in your kitchen, mud room, or bath. DIY Cat Litter Box Furniture for the Home or Office If you are handy around the house, watch this video for a great idea on how to build a cat litter container yourself. Keep your cat’s litter box out-of-sight, yet convenient for your kitty. Base Cabinets for Your Cat’s New Litter Box Furniture Don’t have the aptitude, or perhaps desire to build something for your home? Not a problem, here are a

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How to Install a Ring Doorbell

DIY Video on How to Install a Ring Doorbell Installing a Ring doorbell is an easy task for most people as it is. That is unless you are me, in which case I have to slow myself down and actually read the instructions, or in this case watch the video. Most likely more than once! With a Ring doorbell with video, they make it even easier since they give you almost everything you need to get the job done. (patience not included) You have several options usually including hardwired or battery, but each Ring doorbell option is different, so get the one that works best for your lifestyle. The video below is pretty detailed, and includes all the steps from unboxing the Ring doorbell, to the tools you need to the actual install. I would suggest watching on an iPad if you have one, so you can stop and start it easily as you go through each step. Of course Ring does include a great help line from what I am told, so you can always reach out to them for help. Don’t have a Ring yet, but are just considering getting one? See the images below the video for all the options currently available from Amazon (note affiliate links, see bottom of page for details) for not only doorbells, but other Ring equipment. I hope that this video is helpful. Feel free to post any challenges, or successes you have with installing your Ring doorbell in the comment section below! Read Reviews and Shop Ring Doorbells Click on any image to read reviews, check specifications, or see pricing for the many options from Ring. You can also purchase any product using the images below. Ring and Other Manufacturers of Video Doorbell Not sure if you want to buy a Ring video doorbell, and want to see

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