Home Questions & Answers

Very few assests in a person’s life is more important than their home which is why we created a “Home Questions & Answers” section. We hope to provide you with great home advice and home tips.

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Home Tips

By following our home tips and home advice we hope to make tackling your future house project easier and more convenient. Below is a list of home questions & answers sent in by our readers.

What Should I Do About My Scheming Step-Daughter?

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These situations generally have tensions, even when the step-parents and step-children are all reasonable people. When one person is trying to make life difficult for the family, that person usually succeeds – at least as long as that person is allowed near the family.

What Is an Ionic Air Cleaner?

An ionic air cleaner or air ioniser is a device using high voltage electrical charges to ionise air molecules. Ionization converts an atom or molecule into an ion (an atom or molecule which is either missing or has extra electrons).

What Are Solar Yard Lights?

Solar yard lights fascinate me. Solar lighting is something you’ve probably heard about over the years, but probably figured solar-powered lights were for so-called “tree-huggers” and people living in the western deserts.

Which Salts Melt Ice?

Everyone who lives in a northern climate knows the hazards of driving on icy roads. No matter how experienced you are at navigating them, you can still end up in the ditch.

What Are Halogen Light Bulbs?

Doesn’t it seem like a regular light bulb just doesn’t last very long. As soon as you put one in, another one is going out. Replacing light bulbs all the time can get expensive and is not very good for the environment.

What are Some 4th of July Party Ideas?

Want some great 4th of July Party Ideas? Here is a little something for everyone. You can plan a classic 4th of July cocktail party, a family picnic or a romantic red, white and blue getaway for two.

How To Decorate Your Home

To make the place you live inviting and pleasant to be in, you need to know how to decorate your home. Whether it is a tiny studio apartment or a mansion, you will want to reflect your personal style and tastes on the walls, flooring and in the furniture you choose.

How To Install an Air Conditioner

How to install an air conditioner will depend on the type you have or the type you decide to buy. This year, instead of waiting until it gets so hot you can’t stand it, install an air conditioner while the weather is still mild.

How To Get Rid Of Mice

Mice may be cute little critters and may make interesting pets but they can also cause quite a bit of havoc in your home. Mice can get into your walls and chew on electrical cords, they can get into your cabinets.

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet?

There is hardly a kitchen utensil or appliance that can stand up to the cast iron skillet. And how can it? Iron skillets and Dutch ovens have been around forever.

How Do You Save Money Buying a Gas Grill?

With summer lurking around the corner it is now time to get excited about doing some grilling. You can grill just about anything from vegetables, hot dogs, burgers, steak, and chicken.

How Can I Eliminate Some of The Clutter Around My House?

Clutter around the house is a problem most people I know face. People tend to be pack rats. They don’t like throwing away the items they collect.

How Do I Move Into a New Home Without a Lot of Stress?

When you’re moving into a new home, you are going to be in an agitated state already. You are ending your old life and beginning a new home. The comfort zone you had is no longer there.

How Do You Hang Window Treatments?

Curtains and window treatments are a beautiful and elegant way to provide decoration as well as practical function to your windows. Window treatments can include curtains, blinds, and shades. Any of these come in a variety of styles for a different look.

What Is Home Automation?

We’ve all seen those old cartoons where the mad inventor is asleep in his bed and when his alarm clock goes off, the giant robot hands pull him out of bed, brush his teeth, fix his breakfast, and send him out the door.

What Is A Home Theatre?

While growing up, if I ever wanted to watch any kind of movie with decent sound and on a screen that I could see from more than three feet away, I had to go to the movie theatre.

How Do You Hang Or Remove Wallpaper?

There are few things that add just the right decorative touch to a room as wallpaper. There are also few things as frustrating if you don’t follow the right procedures.

What Direction Should My Ceiling Fans Turn, When, and Why?

Ceiling fans are a great way to help cool down a room.  Sure, they won’t do the job all by themselves if it’s the middle of July but they can circulate the air, spinning the warm air up and keeping the cooler air down at your level.

What Are The Benefits Of An Attic Radiant Barrier?

When your attic gets hot, it can really affect your electric bill. The same goes for the winter months if your attic won’t hold the heat.

How Do You Build Or Install A Wooden Fence?

A yard is a great place for family fun. It’s a place for kids to play, for outdoor barbeques, and just a place to relax. But unless you like your neighbors staring at you and watching your every move, you will need to build a fence.

How Do I Lower My Electric Bill?

It seems that your utilities keep going up, especially your electric bill. As the economy changes and prices go up, it is reflected in the cost of power.

What Is The Best Way To Ventilate An Attic?

Finding the best way to ventilate an attic in your home can become a real thermal nightmare. Attics can be the site for excessive heat build-up which can lead to many problems.

How Do You Clean A Glass Shower Door?

No matter how hard you try, you can never keep a glass shower door clean. It’s just like a magnet for all the soap, scum, and calcium deposits that get thrown around in a shower.

How Do You Replace A Bathroom Vanity?

There is a lot of traffic that goes through a bathroom. It is, hands down, the most widely used room in the house. So with so much use, it is no wonder that things get bent, beat up, or just plain broken. It is the nature of homes.

How Do You Remove Rust Stains From A Bathtub?

To walk into a bathroom and see a sparkling white bathtub is truly a magnificent sight. This is probably because the things are so hard to keep clean. Bathtubs just seem to attract all sorts of stains and blemishes.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Your Bathroom?

Your bathroom can be many things. It can be a place of refuge for some relaxation. It can be a reflection of personal style. It can also be a place for bacteria and mold to get together and have a party.

What Are Some Bathroom Cleaning Tips?

Having a clean bathroom is important for many reasons, the first being that a clean bathroom is much healthier. Due to the nature of a bathroom, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria, molds, mildew, and other nasty microorganisms.

Where Can I Get Bathroom Remodeling Ideas?

Bathrooms are often the most common room in the house to get remodeled. They are definitely the most used so why not turn an ordinary room into something special where you can rest and relax?

What Is Bathroom Furniture?

Your bathroom is more than just a place to take care of business. It can be a sacred retreat that reflects your own sense of style. Bathrooms can be decorated in a variety of ways, each as unique and different as the next.

How Do I Buy A Bath Ventilation Fan?

Have you ever wondered where that mold in your bathroom comes from or why the paint near the ceilings is starting to peel? The answer is moisture.

What Bath Accessories Should I Have?

It is truly frustrating when you are in the bathroom and in need of something but you don’t have it. A comfortable bathroom should have all of the necessary features and more.

How Do Refrigerators Work?

The refrigerator is a standard appliance seen in just about every kitchen in the United States. They are a great invention that prevents food from spoiling.

How Do Ice Makers Work?

In the early part of the 1900’s, the only way to get ice was to have it delivered to your home in a big block. It would be placed in the ice box (which is where the term for a refrigerator comes form) to keep your food cold.

How Do Garbage Disposal Machines Work?

Garbage disposal machines are a very handy appliance to have in any modern day kitchen. For anyone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen and who likes to cook, this tool helps make clean-ups quicker and easier.

How Do Humidifiers Work?

The winter months can be difficult on a person’s sinuses. Indoor heating tends to lower humidity people need in order to be comfortable, especially when they sleep. Low humidity can cause your skin to dry out as well as the mucous membranes in your nose.

How Do Dishwashers Work?

Dishwashers are just about the handiest home appliance ever invented. Back in the college days I slaved over the sink washing dish after dish by hand because we did not have a dishwasher.

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

People who suffer from allergies and asthma know how important it is to have clean air. This can be tricky with today’s environmental issues.

How Do Air Conditioners Work?

Summers can be brutally hot months. If it wasn’t for Willis Haviland Carrier, we would all be sweating indoors to this day. Who is Willis Haviland Carrier? He is the engineering genius who invented and patented the first working conventional air conditioner.

How long do mattresses last and how often should they be replaced?

Generally speaking, you should replace your mattress with a new one every ten to fifteen years, but if there there is sagging or excess wear and tear you should consider getting a new one. It is not worth waking up feeling stiff and sore due to sleeping on a mattress that needs to be replaced.

How should I measure my windows for horizontal blinds to be flush mounted?

Use a steel measuring tape for accuracy. Make sure you measure the window and not your existing blinds. Double check all measurements. Here’s the right way to measure:

  1. Window Width – Measure the EXACT distance across the window from the inside edge of the frame to the opposite inside edge in three places. Use the narrowest dimension.
  2. Window Height – Measure the EXACT distance from the top inside edge of the frame to the bottom inside edge of the frame in three places. Use the longest dimension for horizontal coverings, and the shortest for vertical coverings.
  3. Window Depth – The amount of space from the back of the window or obstruction to the windows outer edge (see below).
  4. See the Sill Depth Chart below for the minimum sill depth needed for installation and the minimum needed for the product to be flush with the front.

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How do you clean an automatic drip coffee maker?

Mix one part white vinegar to ten parts water and run a pot through your coffeemaker. Then run at least two pots of clear water through your coffeemaker to fully rinse it.