Picking a Security Camera

I don’t like monthly fees so when home security companies offered their services to me, I quickly said no. Instead, I bought a security camera. Now I have 3 brands of security cameras and they all have their pros and cons. If you’re in the market for a security camera, I think any one of […]

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How to Enlarge a Hole in a Wall

The other day I was drilling a hole in a wall to run a 3-prong extension cord through. I thought a 1 inch spade bit would do to create 1 inch diameter hole. Unfortunately, the plug end of the cord was still too big to fit through the hole. I couldn’t enlarge the hole using […]

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Battery Charger / Power Supply (Voltage, Amperage) Requirements for Phones, Laptops, Etc

When looking to buy a battery charger or power adapter for a device such as a phone or laptop, you may be unsure whether the one you buy will be sufficient or even blow up your device. Here are basic guidelines to keep in mind. INPUT VOLTAGE TO CHARGER The input voltage from the outlet […]

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Kitchen Remodel Project

Preparation and Dust Management Covered floors with plastic. Put up plastic walls. Demolition Removed existing kitchen cabinets, wall, popcorn ceiling Wall Removal Removed a load-bearing wall by building two temporary walls, and installing a 10’ long 6”x12” special engineered wood beam and two 4”x6” posts. This opens the kitchen up to the dining room. Custom-Built […]

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Sound Insulation in Residential Walls

There will always come a time when you wish the noise outside your room in your home could go away and that the sound that you are making, e.g. from playing music to watching a movie, could not be heard by people in other rooms. There is a unit of measure called STC (Sound Transmission […]

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Home Improvement Tool Tips

Cutting curves in ceramic tile, plywood, and plexiglass / acrylic Cutting straight lines in ceramic tile is easy with a tile saw. But cutting curves, e.g. for toilet drains, can be tricky. Diamond hole saws are expensive. Instead, use a rotary tool (e.g. Dremel) with either a tile cutting bit or a tile cutting wheel.  […]

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Cleaning Tips

Microfiber cloths (available at Costco) for wiping kitchen, windows, glass, etc Pressure Washer (available at Costco) clean driveway clean house exterior clean fence Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (available at Costco) clean glass, including hard (mineral) water stains on shower glass clean soap scum on shower tiles clean dirt and soap scum on vanity and sink bowls clean […]

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Common Residential Electrical Wiring

Ground wires always go to ground To see if a circuit is correct, there must be a loop. Follow the black wire from the panel (source) and then through the light or outlet and then along the white wire and back to the panel. If there’s a loop, then it’s correct.

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Tool Collection

I’ve accumulated quite a bit of tools now to the point that I sometimes forget what I have so I created a personal tool inventory page. View My Tool Collection

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Easily Unclog Drain with Hair and Grease Drain Opener

Recently my shower drain wasn’t draining water as fast as it used to. I normally use Drano but heard about the good reviews that Hair and Grease Drain Opener got which also comes with a money-back guarantee so I gave it a shot. Turns out it worked perfectly the first time. Here’s what I did: […]

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