Category: The Home

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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White bucket of drywall being applied to a wall

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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