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WINDOW PRECAUTIONS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Make windows in your home child-safe while keeping them functional For the most part, kids are careful around windows, but accidents happen. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than four thousand children end up in emergency rooms every year due to window-related falls. The basics should be addressed first: Move furniture that kids… read more »

YEARLY (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Once a year isn’t much to ask for these important jobs Some jobs come around only once a year—preparing taxes and cleaning up after New Year’s Eve come to mind—and they vary in importance and how much time they’ll consume. If you use your wood-burning chimney each fall and winter, inspecting it once a year—not… read more »

ROOM & CABINET DOORS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

With specialized hardware, doors can remain secured while your kids stay safe Cabinet door latches have been around for years. In addition to keeping prying eyes and hands out— and a cabinet’s contents in—safety latches are useful in the event of an earthquake in preventing these same contents from spilling out. Very young children like… read more »

ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Take preventative measures against electrical mishaps to ensure the safety of your family Young children love poking fingers, pens, and keys into electrical receptacles. It’s easy and inviting, given receptacles are so close to floor level. Over a thousand children, most four years old and younger, get treated each year in emergency rooms for injuries… read more »

PLUMBING SAFEGUARDS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Control the flow of water to stop messes and potential burns on children Kids love water. It’s fun to splash and interesting when it keeps coming out of a tap. Toilets are interesting, too. Push a handle, and things disappear. Toys and washcloths also disappear. As much as you want to limit water play to… read more »

OTHER CHILD CONCERNS (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Homes are built by and for adults—a little child orientation helps With children, accidents happen, but the aim should be to prevent the mindless and traumatic accidents more than the bumps and bruises from normal play. Observe a child for a day, and you’ll get a good idea what you have to lock up, limit… read more »

REFRIGERATOR (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Even new, sophisticated refrigerators need some basic care and feeding New refrigerators can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the model and features, which include ice and water dispensers, water filtration systems for these same water dispensers, multiple defrost options, and zoned cooling, and at least one model has a built-in TV that is satellite-… read more »

DISHWASHER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

While they are convenient and reliable, dishwashers do require some low maintenance A study done at the University of Bonn is often quoted in the debate about dishwasher versus washing dishes by hand. The study found a dishwasher used less energy, water, and soap than hand-washing and got dishes cleaner. One study on its own… read more »

CLOTHES DRYER (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

For your safety, perform regular maintenance to make sure your dryer is up to speed Before clothes dryers, homemakers hung clothes to dry, and it took forever. Today, clothes dryers are a huge convenience and are one of your home’s biggest energy users. Like dishwashers, dryers should be run with full loads for most efficient… read more »

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