Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Stains: Getting out Red Wine | Consumer Reports


Don't let a guest's spill ruin your tablecloth. Consumer Reports' red wine stain recipe can help you remove a red wine stain.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Closing Inspections by SitePro


Prior to closing on a property the home buyer or a representative for the home buyer should conduct a pre-closing inspection.

This is when to take the prior home inspection list and make sure all of the items have either been addressed or fixed. SitePro will do this for a nominal fee at the Buyer’s Request.

Here is a general checklist:

Closing Inspection Services in Florida

GENERAL ELECTRICAL

Are the items agreed to be left by the seller present?
Do the lights come on at each switch?
Is there visible damage with the owner’s furniture now gone that you couldn’t see before?
Are all of the light fixtures and ceiling fans present and working?
Are the smoke detectors functional?
Do the breakers work correctly?

EXTERIOR AND STRUCTURE

Check cracks, or separations?
Have the repairs and painting been finished?
Are wooden decks and hand rails secure?
Have you walked around the property?

KITCHEN

Are the appliance accessories present?
Do the appliances still operate satisfactorily?
Are the instructions/warranties left for the appliances?
Do the cabinets, countertops, or floors appear damaged?

CRAWL SPACE, AIR DUCTS

Are the lowest portions dry?
Are crawl space vents open for good ventilation?
Do you see any wet spots?

HEATING AND COOLING*

Do the systems function when you operate the thermostat?
Are the air filters clean?
Any extra filters left?
Is there debris clogging the exterior air units?

LOT AND GROUNDS

Any changes to the driveway, patio, or sidewalks?
Are the fences tight, and do the gates operate?
Reset the automatic sprinkler to minimum setting.

GARAGE

Do the vehicle doors work smoothly and reverse?
Do you have the car door remote controls?
Do you see any damage with the personal items gone?

INTERIOR WALLS, CEILINGS, AND FLOORS

Are the carpets stained in closets near the shower areas?
Are there holes or damage from the move-out?
Are there broken or “fogged” windows or doors?

SURFACE WATER CONTROL

Has the re-grading (if any), been accomplished?
Are the gutters aligned and cleaned of debris?
Do the downspouts direct water positively away?

PLUMBING

Do the faucets and drains function satisfactorily?
Is there hot water at each appropriate location?
Do the toilets flush and cycle normally?
Check beneath each cabinet for leaks or moisture.

ROOF

Are there missing shingles since the last visit?
Have the roof repairs (if any), been performed?
Is the attic ventilation open and working if power?
Are the bushes and trees trimmed back and not touching?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

How to Diagnose and Repair Three-Way Switch Problems


Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron looks at a three-way switch issue and fixes the problem.

Tools:
Pliers
Screwdriver

Shopping List:
None

Steps:
1. Scott first gives an explanation of the three-way switch- two switches that control one light fixture.
2. There are many ways that a three-way switch can be wired, but usually power or the light fixture connect to the load side of the switch and traveler wires run between traveler screws on both switches.
3. In this case, the traveler wire and load wire were swapped and repairing the circuit involved switching them back.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


"Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.
Hausa Proverb 

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

DIH Holiday Palett Decoration


Show off your beautiful holiday ornaments with this DIY pallet decoration. With some wood boards and a few hardware tools from The Home Depot, you can create this seasonal pallet board in under an hour. Follow these four easy steps to learn how to build and personalize one yourself!

Friday, November 18, 2016

How to Replace a Kitchen Sink Strainer


Ask This Old House plumbing expert Richard Trethewey finds a rusty sink strainer in the kitchen and shows a homeowner how to replace it.