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Useful Guides and Tutorials in All Aspects of Life

SPRING (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Spring brings the yearly maintenance cycle full circle—it’s time to start again You think of spring, and spring cleaning comes to mind, a fresh start now that the snow and cold are gone. You may do your own repairs or pay to have them done, but there’s no way around maintenance if you want a… read more »

SAFETY GATES (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Set one of these up to keep young children out of harm’s way Young kids like to wander—and they should. Everything is interesting to them. Once they become mobile, little stops them from snooping around. You want to keep them safe, of course, without hindering them too much. Safety gates restrict access but not curiosity,… read more »

MONTHLY (HOME REPAIR GUIDE)

Make monthly maintenance a regular event like cooking or doing laundry Life is full of repetition: sleeping, shopping for groceries, eating big holiday meals and regretting it later. To keep your maintenance and repairs to a manageable level, treat them the same way. Instead of waiting for problems to appear, try to prevent them. As… read more »

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 »

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