Here’s a random collection of reader tips and tricks to get your week started out right:
- If a leaky sink originates from the plumbing beneath the sink or the faucet, you can likely tackle repairs depending on the severity of a problem. — JB Plumbing
- For compression bathroom faucets, if you find a water leak that is from the faucet handle you will need to make the packing nut tighter. The other option is that you will need to actually replace the packing part of the faucet. — Plumber Sydney
[Know-It-All Note: Check out this post to figure out whether you should repair or replace bath fixtures.]
- I started using a Fur-Zoff to remove pet hair. It works great on all fabrics. It's a green product as well! It only costs $9.99 and lasts forever. — Kelly
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- Here are some tips and techniques that can easily, quickly, and inexpensively seal and insulate air leaks in your home:
Attic Stairs. Add an attic stair cover. An attic stair cover provides an air seal, reducing the air leaks. Add the desired amount of insulation over the cover to restore the insulation removed from the ceiling.
Whole-House Fans and AC Returns. Add a whole house fan cover. Installed from the attic side, the whole house fan cover is invisible. Cover the fan to reduce heating and air-conditioning loss, remove it when use of the fan is desired.
Fireplaces. Add a fireplace draftstopper. A fireplace draftstopper is an inflatable pillow that seals the damper, eliminating any air leaks. The pillow is removed whenever the fireplace is used, then reinserted after.
Clothes Dryer Exhaust Ducts. Add a dryer vent seal. This will reduce unwanted air infiltration, and keep out pests, bees and rodents as well. The vent will remain closed unless the dryer is in use. When the dryer is in use, a floating shuttle rises to allow warm air, lint and moisture to escape. — Mark Tyrol
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- If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s and also qualify for several rebate programs. — Andrea Paulinelli
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- I recommend shredding all direct mail credit card offers. An ID thief can easily submit the application and get a credit card in your name. — Morgan
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- I had the same experience with CFLs not working in my suspended kitchen light fixture. Initially only the center CFL would work. I found that the problem was the screw-in bases of the CFLs are ever so slightly shorter than the incandescent bulbs. It just did not make sense that there was anything major wrong with the fixture or wiring. I tested the thesis by screwing in a plug adapter into to socket of the kitchen fixture and plugging in a small lamp with a CFL that I knew worked, and the bulb worked. So I added a small amount of solder to the base of the CFLs, put them in the fixture and all three bulbs worked. Another fix is to slightly pry up the center contact in the socket. —John
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