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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Easily Renew Your Ugly Concrete Driveway

Your concrete driveway will get ugly over time. There are many reasons for this such as oil or acid stains natural discoloration new, adjacent slabs of concrete that have a different shade of gray; WARNING: Once you apply this stuff to your concrete, it will be extremely hard if not impossible to get off, which […]

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Starting a Small Engine Equipment with Choke Control

tl;dr Put the choke in the off position. Pull the start the engine. If the engine doesn’t start after two pulls, put the choke in the on position and pull to try to start the engine again Normally when the engine has been off for a long time, e.g. after storage, you need to choke […]

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Calculate Max Wattage a House Can Handle

If you open your circuit breaker, you’ll see a bunch of breakers with tabs. Each breaker controls a circuit for a certain part of your house, e.g. a circuit for the kitchen, a circuit for the bathroom, etc. Each breaker has a max amp rating, e.g. 15A or 20A. If you multiply the amp rating […]

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How to Calculate Electric Costs

Calculate Energy Cost For a Device Read the wattage on the label of the device If the device doesn’t have a label, you can buy a wattage measuring device, such as the Kill A Watt. Calculate Watts Per Day To calculate energy consumption costs, simply multiply the unit’s wattage by the number of hours you use […]

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Test Lighting in a Room

When deciding on lighting for a particular room, it helps to see how light from different types of light bulbs placed at different locations will look, e.g. do you want a bunch of spot lights or a few flood lights? Below is a simple setup showing how you can attach lights to your ceiling for […]

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Common Home Residential Electrical Wiring Connections

How to Wire a Light Switch Wire a light switch     Wire a light switch (power into light)    Wire a light switch (multiple lights from one switch)      Wire a light switch (multiple lights and multiple switches)       

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