Top 10 Disasters That Can Hit Your House While You're on

Sevinor suggests putting a hold on the mail, asking a neighbor to park in the drive, testing your alarm system, and keeping your travel plans off the Internet. "Even if it's your kid on Facebook telling her 2,300 friends about the family trip to Hawaii, you have to watch out.

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The 5 Best 220 to 110 Adapters (2021 Review)

This travel power adapter has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from nearly 3,000 customer reviews on Amazon. Eighty-seven percent of customers gave this product a 4- or 5-star review. Customers liked this device because they could buy the one travel voltage converter and use it in almost every country they visited.

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How to Use a Wheelbarrow

If there is no fitting, lubricate the axle with 3-in-1 oil. 3. Before loading the wheelbarrow, point the empty wheelbarrow in the direction of travel. 4. Stack the load closer to the wheel, not the handle, so it'll be easier to lift. 5. When lifting a loaded wheelbarrow, keep …

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11 Common Holiday Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Prevention is Key Photo by Nicholas Belton/iStockPhoto.com. We don't mean to be kill-joys during the most joyous time of the year, but the stats don't lie: According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 12,500 of you have to leave the company of your loved ones to rush to the emergency room due to holiday-related accidental injuries. . Here are some common holiday hazards that

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The 5 Best Benchtop Drill Presses (2021)

Drill travel is how far the drill chuck will go up or down. The greater the travel ability, the deeper the drill press can bore. Speed. Most benchtop drills offer variable speed drilling, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). RPMs are important when drilling various types of material, as some require low RPMs while others call for high RPMs.

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The New Orleans House

The succession of rooms their narrowness prescribed gave them their name: it was said that a shotgun blast fired from the front doorway would travel uninterrupted through the house and out the back door. The Goldens' house was built in 1892 and was in remarkably good shape.

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House on Fire: How Flames Spread On Your Property

Within seconds of a flame-up, fire easily spreads. Spattered grease or oil residue on a dirty stovetop will ignite, causing flames to travel across the range. Oil residue on cooking utensils also ignite, and other combustibles like paper towels, paper or cardboard packaging, and dry dish towels nearby will begin to …

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Perfect Paneling Seams

Perfect Paneling Seams. Plywood paneling provides a quick, affordable way to cover up old walls and transform the look of a room. However, it's often difficult to get perfectly tight seams between the 4 X 8-foot sheets. If there's any gap or space, the wall behind the paneling will peek out. Here's an old carpenter's trick that can help hide

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The Best Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Cut a bottle in half and flip one of the cut halves upside down. Tuck the other half into the lower half of the bottle. Boil one cup of sugar and one cup of water, then add two cups of cool water to the mixture. Let the mixture cool to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in a teaspoon of active, dry yeast to the mixture.

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The 5 Best First Aid Kits

Best Travel First Aid Kit - DeftGet. Traveling can be halted due to unexpected injuries. DeftGet provides you with accessible medical care while you’re on your next trip with their water-resistant first aid kit. This small, mobile kit comes with necessary supplies to treat …

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Why Not Use Fire-Rated Drywall

If you’re willing to shell out the extra dough, you certainly could use Type X throughout a house, yet it won’t necessarily be safer. You’d also have to close off all the other pathways for fire to travel-open doorways, non-fire-rated doors, walls without fire blocking-and that could get costly and look ugly.

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Your Guide to Mice Removal

Deer mice are gray-brown or red-brown with white bellies and feet. Their tails are less than half the length of their bodies. White-footed mice are nearly identical to them, but are larger. House mice like to live near people and stay close to their nests, rarely venturing out more than 100 feet. Deer mice and white-footed mice will travel farther.

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Do a Few Bed Bugs Mean You Have an

Fecal matter —These dark, black-ish spots indicate bed bugs have been feeding on you. They can look a lot like ink spots. Bite marks —If you’re part of the population that has a reaction to bed bugs, you’re likely to find the marks on your face, neck, arms, and hands. Musty, sweet odor —This unpleasant, moldy smell comes from bed bugs

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How To Build a Bunk Bed With A Ladder

This is important because things like travel lanes through the room, door swings, furniture placement, even lighting, and electric, can all be affected by the addition of a bunk. The other—and maybe the biggest—concern is how much room you plan to allot between the top of the mattress and the ceiling.

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How To Kill Ticks in Your Yard

Ticks will often travel to moist areas on the body before latching on, so examine your pet’s armpits, knees, and groin, in addition to its neck, ears, and feet. Mow Regularly The most important step you can take to rid your yard of ticks is destroying their preferred habitats.

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Read This Before You Put In an Outdoor Kitchen

3 Reasons to Stay Close to the House. Photo by Karen Bussolini. 1. Convenience: You won't have to haul food and supplies across the lawn. An ideal location is 15 to 20 feet from your indoor kitchen. Stay cool by placing seating where guests won't be facing the intense rays of the setting sun. 2.

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Fescue Grass 101: What It Is and How to Grow It

Fescue’s deep roots are efficient in drawing nutrients out of your soil, and as a result, the grass typically requires less fertilizer than other cool-season grasses. To learn more about fescue grass’ characteristics, growing patterns, and care, read our guide to decide if it’s …

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Ticks vs Bed Bugs: Differences & Similarities

There are a number of differences between ticks versus bed bugs, but here are 3 of the main differences: Ticks have 8 legs, whereas bed bugs only have 6 legs. Ticks prefer feeding on animals over humans, whereas bed bugs prefer feeding on humans over animals. Ticks live primarily outdoors, whereas bed bugs live primarily indoors.

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S19 E25: Colors, Fireplace Upgrade

S19 E25: Colors, Fireplace Upgrade. Kevin and Tom travel to Montana to set up an accessible home gym for a Navy SEAL veteran. Mauro shares how to select the right paint color, and Mark updates a fireplace with a stacked stone veneer. By Ask This Old House TV.

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What is a Toilet Siphon and How Does it Work

A siphon is a tube that allows liquid to travel upward, above the surface of the origin reservoir, then downwards to a lower level without using a pump. When a certain amount of water moves over the bend in the siphon, gravity pulls it down on the longer leg lowers …

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How to Use a Hole Saw

1. Hole saws are typically installed on arbors or mandrels that attach to a drill driver to cut a clean hole in a material. 2. To mount a hole saw to a mandrel: a. Insert the bit through the center hole. b. Screw the mounting plate as tight as it goes. c. Loosen up the mounting plate until the nubs on the plate line up with the holes in the

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Which Insurance Company Is Best at Paying Claims

92. Auto-Owners. 89. Erie. 88. MetLife. 85. Consumers in both the J.D. Power and Consumer Reports surveys ranked Amica®, Auto-Owners, and USAA highly for their claims processes. Other home insurance providers like The Hartford, Farmers, Nationwide, Erie, and MetLife were mentioned by one company but not the other.

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Building Breakthroughs: Portable CNC

Building Breakthroughs: Portable CNC. A CNC machine is typically really big—and really expensive. Smart home tech expert Ross Trethewey introduces a new portable PC-controlled manufacturing machine that can easily travel from jobsite to workshop, providing the same level of customization and accuracy as its much larger predecessor.

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20 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

Reapply repellent after rainfall, and use a different formula from time to time to protect plants and prevent deer adaptation. Coverage should start from the ground and extend upward six feet. 13. Use a lot of homespun repellents to keep deer guessing.

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How to Stage Your House to Sell

Remove all family photos, travel souvenirs, collections and mementos, knickknacks, favorite media (books, movies, etc.), heirlooms, and any other items that reflect you and your family. Also banish any furniture, wall, window, and floor coverings, and even colors that don’t seem “quirky” to …

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How to Get Rid of Ladybugs

Ladybugs can also travel inside via houseplants, especially those that you transfer from the outdoor porch to the living room before the winter. Once they’re inside, they may use their chemical secretions to attract the rest of a colony. Ladybug Lifespan

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Folding Multi-tools: Features, History and Product

“In my years of travel, I’ve lost at least a dozen to the TSA,” he says, regretfully. Note to our favorite plumbing and heating expert: The keychain-size Style PS—with pliers, scissors, tweezers, a file, and a bottle opener—meets domestic TSA “no blade” carry-on …

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Charlestown 2014 House, After: Worth the Wait

With the new spaces carved out, Angela and designer Kathy Marshall had a blank canvas to play up sentiment and soul by highlighting her collections, including 19th-century Dutch oil paintings, regional still lifes, and antique Chinese carvings. "I enjoy having things around me that reflect my family, my interests, my travel," says Angela.

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Bedroom Closet Remodel: Planning Guide, Redesign Tips

Here, off-the-shelf storage bins convey color, pattern, and travel inspiration with the help of old maps, matte-finish Mod Podge glue (which becomes transparent when dry), a paint brush, and a putty knife to smooth out bubbles. Kick Up The Walls No one says the closet has to match the rest of the room.

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All About Entryways & Mudrooms

Keeping a mudroom tidy, rather than a chaotic mess, means planning ahead. This might include allocating an entire closet for the storage of a stroller, diaper bag, and baby travel needs, or assigning a single locker with a built-in bench and shoe cubby for the youngest member of the family.

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How Much Does Tree Removal Cost

For example, if you live in a remote location, you may be charged a travel surcharge, since the contractor will need to drive heavy machinery out to your property. Additionally, people who live in locations with a higher cost of living will likely see higher costs when hiring tree removal contractors.

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The 6 Best Toolboxes (2021 Review)

The 6 Best Toolboxes (2021 Review) TOH – Affiliate Disclosure – Best Warranty. TOH – Affiliate Disclosure. Affiliate Disclosure. Toolboxes are an alternative storage method to tool chests or pegboards. They either have wheels or handles, allowing you to take them with you from project to project. However, toolboxes can vary in terms of

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Prehung Interior Doors: Installation in 8 Steps

David Carmack. Lift the door into the rough opening and push the hinge jamb tight against the shims tacked to the trimmers. Tack an 8d finish nail through the face of the hinge-side casing 3 inches below the miter, into the trimmer. Hold a level against the face of the casing and adjust the jamb in …

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11 Ways Your Lawn Can Kill You

The roundworms travel to his intestines, lay their eggs, and spread like wildfire, leading to symptoms ranging from breathing trouble to weight loss and diarrhea. What's worse is that roundworms can cause ocular larva migrans, which occur when worm larvae attack the retina, leading to blindness.

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How to Install Undercabinet LED Lighting

This allows the LED tape to travel underneath the cabinets. To install the LEDs against the face frame, slice through cabinet sides with an oscillating tool. Don’t press the tape in place yet. Step 11 Get Inside a Cabinet Photo by Kolin Smith.

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12 Kitchen Cabinet Color Ideas: Two-Tone

The vibrant island holds court in this crisp white kitchen, but interior designer Gideon Mendelson didn't want it to be a solo act. So he covered the ceiling with custom-painted canvas (wallpaper could work too) in a matching green-and-white scheme. Along with plates hung over the cooktop, it invites the eye to travel around the room.

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8 Best Renters Insurance Companies (2021)

Travel protection, personal injury: Waterbed, computer: Customer service: 24/7: 24/7: Hours vary by department: BBB rating: A+: A: NR: What Does Renters Insurance Cover? Most renters insurance policies have four types of coverage—personal property, loss of use, liability, and medical payments to others. In addition to these four areas of

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What Does Renters Insurance Cover

Travel protection (American Family)—This coverage provides travel perks, like trip cancellation and global medical insurance. Waterbed (State Farm)—This covers the loss of your waterbed and water damage caused by the loss. Rent protection (Assurant)—If you’re unable to pay your rent, Assurant will help you with payments.

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How to Use Landscaping to Deal with Storm Water

Where a swale is mostly a travel route for water, a rain garden is a destination. A fast-draining soil mix encourages water to sink in and promotes lush plant growth. Runoff may flow into a rain garden from a swale or pipe, or may simply run in from a sloping yard.

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How to Cut Granite Countertops: A Step-by

Cutting dry creates a dust cloud that will travel. Ear, eye, and dust protection are essential. The primary cutting tools for granite are a circular saw or an angle grinder. Steps for Cutting Granite. Set up granite on a stable work surface and clamp it down. Measure and mark the cut line. To minimize chip-out, cover the cut line with blue tape.

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Put Safety First: 14 Universal Design Tips

In addition to illuminating a space, daylight has strong psychological benefits for everyone, especially people that are unable to travel outside the home easily. Bringing daylight in can be as simple as adding a window or traditional skylight, or as complex as a Solatube daylighting system, which captures sunlight on the rooftop and redirects

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DIY Ways to Soundproof a Door

How does Sound Travel Through a Door? Sound is an energy that travels through a medium (air, water, glass, wood, etc.) by vibration. The particles in a medium nearest the source bang into the adjacent particles, which bang into the next ones, and pretty soon you have a vibration that creates sound.

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Wet Basement Solutions: How to Stop the Leaks From

Check that the ground outside slopes away from your house at least 1 inch vertically for every 1 foot of horizontal travel. Then make sure downspout runoff isn't pooling or percolating into soil near the foundation during a storm, and that downspout seams aren't leaking; installing downspouts seams-out makes this check easy.

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31 of Your Toughest Roofing Questions Answered

31 of Your Toughest Roofing Questions Answered. The TOH pros offer up their best advice for shingling properly, sniffing out leaks, and knowing when it’s time to reroof an old roof. Putting a safe roof over your head isn't necessarily a one-time deal. Shingles stain, condensation collects, and high winds carry roofs wherever they please.

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Insiders Visit the Ask This Old House Workshop

For just a moment, Insider Inal Olmez hesitated at taking photos in the AskTOH workshop. But then, he realized, "When will I do this again?" He and his wife Justine only had to travel from North Attleboro, MA, but being inside a space they'd seen so many times on TV (and getting to meet Tom and Kevin) was a pretty mind-blowing experience.

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USAA Renters Insurance Review (2021)

USAA Renters Insurance Review (2021) With a USAA renters insurance policy, you can get flood and earthquake protection included in your liability and personal property coverage. To see if you’re eligible for a USAA membership, read our review. USAA was founded close to 100 years ago with the goal of helping current or former military members

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