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  • If you want to install solar panels and are concerned about the cost, consider a DIY solar panel kit. They include solar panels, inverter and charge controller—everything you need to go solar and can be installed by the average homeowner. These kits are excellent for RVs, boats, pools, shops/garages and more.

    Inexpensive Power With DIY Solar Panel Kits

    Inexpensive Power With DIY Solar Panel Kits

    by Stephanie Hicks40

  • When the two washing machines in my life both quit and it turned out to be the same problem with each, I discovered an inexpensive DIY fix. Find out if it is the solution to your washer blues!

    Washer Not Spinning?  Try This First!

    Washer Not Spinning? Try This First!

    by Doc Snow22

  • Washer overflowing? I explain five ways to fix it: installing a sink, using a lint catcher, regular use of enzymes to keep it clear, using a snake, and changing to a front-loading washer.

    How to Fix Washing Machine Drain Pipe Overflow

    How to Fix Washing Machine Drain Pipe Overflow

    by Virginia Kearney61

  • Flushing and draining your hot water heater is basic maintenance that's easy to do. Learn how to drain your tank fast and help improve the recovery time and efficiency of your water heater. Save money, get tips, and increase the life of your water tank with these easy-to-follow instructions.

    How to Drain a Water Heater Fast (With Pictures)

    How to Drain a Water Heater Fast (With Pictures)

    by Dan Reed18

  • Replacing your air conditioner fuses is cheap, easy, and fast. Learn what your fuses do, how to get new ones, and how to switch them out.

    How to Replace Air Conditioning Fuses

    How to Replace Air Conditioning Fuses

    by Dan Reed53

  • A how-to with photos and discussion, showing how to use a wringer washing machine - a good solution when limited water, power, or other resources are available.

    How to Use a Wringer Washing Machine

    How to Use a Wringer Washing Machine

    by Joilene Rasmussen54

  • Starting a coal stove is nothing like starting a wood or pellet stove fire. Not even close. In this article, I explain one method that has worked for me and two methods that haven't worked.

    How to Start a Coal Stove Fire

    How to Start a Coal Stove Fire

    by coal58

  • An overview for each type of material used to make sinks and an in-depth look at everyone's favorite sink material, stainless steel!

    What Is My Kitchen Sink Made Of?

    What Is My Kitchen Sink Made Of?

    by India Arnold25

  • Is your window air conditioner installed properly? These tips will help you know what is needed to correctly install your unit, as well as how to store it and locate the best place to install it to maximize your cooling ability.

    How to Properly Install a Window Air Conditioner

    How to Properly Install a Window Air Conditioner

    by Dan Reed4

  • Dryer fires are a danger to all households if clothes dryers are not properly maintained. With some simple steps you can help prevent a dryer fire.

    How to Remove Lint and Avoid a Dryer Fire

    How to Remove Lint and Avoid a Dryer Fire

    by Linda Bilyeu42

  • If you have a lingering odor in the kitchen, it may be the refrigerator. This article demonstrates how to clean your refrigerator and offers a couple of tips and tidbits that you may not have considered when doing this chore in the past.

    How to Clean a Smelly Refrigerator

    How to Clean a Smelly Refrigerator

    by Dan Reed64

  • Cleaning your furnace fan thoroughly may not be as hard as you think. The dirt in it however may be much more than you think. See step by step, how to access, clean and re-install your blower motor and squirrel cage.

    How to Clean a Furnace Fan (With Pictures)

    How to Clean a Furnace Fan (With Pictures)

    by Dan Reed5

  • Lately I have noticed a large number of low-priced miniature robotic vacuums available for sale. I decided to pick up one and run it through some tests. My choice, the Clean Robot, is sometimes referred to as the Sweep Robot.

    Review of the Clean Robot

    Review of the Clean Robot

    by Walter Shillington5

  • This article will explain how to troubleshoot your furnace when the heat stops working and you see 3 blinking lights on your furnace. There are a few ways to check and fix this problem.

    Fixing a Pressure Sensor Switch in a Furnace

    Fixing a Pressure Sensor Switch in a Furnace

    by Jesse Unk0

  • If you have a wood-burning stove, you need to know about cleaning and maintaining it. Here's how I clean the glass door, flue/chimney and exterior of my wood-burning stove. These are easy tips to follow.

    How I Clean My Wood-Burning Stove

    How I Clean My Wood-Burning Stove

    by LongTimeMother19

  • These are step by step instructions to figure out how much money you spend on heating, how much is wasted, and how much a new furnace can save on your gas bill. You'll feel more confident about choosing your new furnace and knowing what to expect from it.

    Comparing the Cost of a New Furnace to How Much You'll Save

    Comparing the Cost of a New Furnace to How Much You'll Save

    by Dan Reed2

  • What does a flame sensor do? How can I clean a flame sensor? A dirty flame sensor can cause furnace problems, such as a furnace that won't stay on. This simple repair tip could save you $100–$150.

    How to Clean a Furnace Flame Sensor

    How to Clean a Furnace Flame Sensor

    by Dan Reed93

  • The contactor is a fairly simple part of your air conditioner and is really quite easy to repair or replace if it's your problem. Learn how a contactor works, how to check it, and repair or replace it if needed.

    Your Air Conditioning Contactor and How to Replace It

    Your Air Conditioning Contactor and How to Replace It

    by Dan Reed4

  • Dishwashers have become more efficient in the way they use water and electricity, but how can you tell the good from the bad? This article explores the nature of dishwashers to help you choose.

    Energy Efficient Dishwashers and How They Work

    Energy Efficient Dishwashers and How They Work

    by Susette Horspool6

  • The best way to make any significant purchase is with sufficient knowledge. Get a basic understanding of an A/C system so you aren't taken advantage of when going to buy one. Plus get tips on how to maintain your new air conditioning unit.

    How Not to Get Ripped Off When Buying a New Air Conditioner

    How Not to Get Ripped Off When Buying a New Air Conditioner

    by Dan Reed7

  • Cleaning your air conditioning coils doesn't just make the unit look better. This easy to perform maintenance will save you money, extend the life of your condensor and help to prevent the breakdown of air conditioner parts often caused by overheating. Do it yourself in just a few easy to follow steps.

    How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils (With Pictures)

    How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils (With Pictures)

    by Dan Reed12

  • Counter-top convection oven information and review for inquisitive shoppers. Learn the differences between convection, toaster and range ovens. Then find out why Oster is the best convection oven on the market.

    Oster Convection Oven Review

    Oster Convection Oven Review

    by Melody Trent1

  • Designing an HVAC system properly is important to the comfort of your home. You should know more about your system and its design when buying a new system or building a home. You should also understand your contractor better.

    How to Choose the Best Components for Your Home HVAC System

    How to Choose the Best Components for Your Home HVAC System

    by Dan Reed7

  • Understand the proper working order of a furnace, so that you can pinpoint problems and repair them, or know what to tell the people who will. Understand what all those parts in your furnace are for.

    How to Figure Out What Is Wrong With Your Furnace

    How to Figure Out What Is Wrong With Your Furnace

    by Dan Reed157

  • A comparison article of the larger upright vacuum cleaners from Dyson -- the DC33, DC40 and DC41, ultimately determining which offers 'you' the best overall value given its price tag.

    Dyson DC33 Vs DC40 Vs DC41 - How Do they Compare?

    Dyson DC33 Vs DC40 Vs DC41 - How Do they Compare?

    by vacuum-guy1

  • Ceiling fans can cut your energy bill by 10 to 40 percent, depending on your individual heating and cooling habits. That statistic alone should be enough to convince you to purchase a ceiling fan–or two, but here are the options to consider in order to choose a fan wisely.

    How to Choose the Best Ceiling Fan for Your Home

    How to Choose the Best Ceiling Fan for Your Home

    by Linda Chechar8

  • Magazines in 1932 featured sleek, modern and most importantly, convenient kitchen appliances. Here are some of those well-designed ads, with products homemakers all over the country were itching to own.

    Vintage Kitchen Appliances of the 1930s

    Vintage Kitchen Appliances of the 1930s

    by Dolores Monet8

  • There is "To be or not to be". There is "Wherefore art thou Romeo". Then there is "How often should I replace my furnace's air filter?" While I'm not sure where Romeo is or if one should be or not, I can help with the answer to the latter.

    How Often Should I Change My Furnace's Air Filter?

    How Often Should I Change My Furnace's Air Filter?

    by Dan Reed3

  • Replacing the gasket on your refrigerator is easy. This simple repair can offer many benefits for little cost and in little time. These step by step instructions will tell you what you need, how to do it and how to check if it needs done.

    How to Replace the Gasket Seal on a Refrigerator/Freezer Door

    How to Replace the Gasket Seal on a Refrigerator/Freezer Door

    by Dan Reed5

  • Does your furnace make more noise than you care to hear? In this article, I'll help you diagnose noises common to residential furnaces. The problems are often simple and cheap to fix.

    How to Quiet a Noisy Furnace

    How to Quiet a Noisy Furnace

    by Dan Reed105

  • A water dispenser is great for providing safe drinking water. The Primo Water Dispenser is one of the least expensive units and it also dispenses instant hot and cold water.

    My Review of the Primo Water Dispenser

    My Review of the Primo Water Dispenser

    by Marlene Bertrand19

  • One of our complaints about the GE was that it didn't seem to wash very well. We happen to be big water drinkers and we filter our tap water rather than contributing to more pollution with bottled water. We had noticed with the GE that we'd see little soap bubbles if we didn't rinse our glasses before using them. We could also taste it - we wouldn't have noticed it with milk or juice, but it s

    Problems With Soap Bubble Suds in Bosch Dishwasher—No Solution Yet

    Problems With Soap Bubble Suds in Bosch Dishwasher—No Solution Yet

    by Tony Lawrence137

  • A review of both the slide in electric range with downdraft options on the market and an added review of an alternative electric cooktop with downdraft after listening to you, my readers.

    The Best Slide-In Electric Range With Downdraft

    The Best Slide-In Electric Range With Downdraft

    by Brandon Lobo47

  • There are many benefits of a dehumidifier for your home. Health, mold, dust mites, wood, surfaces, and electronics can all be negatively effected by too much moisture in the air. Learn how a dehumidifier can preserve health and home.

    Benefits of a Dehumidifier in Your Home

    Benefits of a Dehumidifier in Your Home

    by Melody Trent1

  • Having a wood stove in the home has so many benefits. From lowering the electric bill to releasing stress, the wood stove should be an important consideration when considering the type of heating you would like to use for your home.

    My Wood Stove: Why I Need and Love It

    My Wood Stove: Why I Need and Love It

    by Cynthia Calhoun30

  • Any homeowner can learn how to sharpen lawn mower blades. It's not difficult and can be done by most people without much effort. Here, you'll find step-by-step instructions.

    How to Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade

    How to Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade

    by Dan Harmon7

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