Archive for June, 2014

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM REVIEW 2014

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM REVIEW 2014

Home automation systems help you to “bring the home of the future” to your own residence, placing every light, appliance and device in your home at your command. With home automation software that allows you to create scripted events and macros, the possibilities for automated intelligent home control are quite nearly limitless. TopTenREVIEWS compiled a list of the best home automation systems available and ranked them based on their performance

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INSTALL AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET WITH BUILT-IN USB PORTS

INSTALL AN ELECTRICAL OUTLET WITH BUILT-IN USB PORTS

To a reader’s question about installing electrical outlets with built-in USB charging ports, Popular Mechanics replied, “These receptacles are great-they eliminate the need for bulky USB adapters that hog valuable outlet space. They are especially useful by the bed, where many of us stash all kinds of USB-equipped devices, such as phones, tablets, and e-readers. That stuff competes for space on a standard duplex outlet that may already be serving

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SOLD — Convenient HAMILTON MTN

SOLD — Convenient HAMILTON MTN

Status: Sold Impeccably maintained by original owners. Solid all brick bungalow with detached oversized garage & driveway & very private yard. Fabulous, desirable location on quiet mature street near Mohawk College & new Hospital. Huge principal rooms. Full kitchens both up & down. 2 Dining rooms too. Hardwood in very spacious Living room & all 3 Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. Large closets. The Rec room is massive with wetbar. All appl’s

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JUNE HOME TIPS

JUNE HOME TIPS

Check operation of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents. Caulk exterior joints around window and doors. Clean and seal decks. You’ll need three warm, sunny days. Day 1: dry out the deck. Day 2: Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck on the second day and let it dry 24 hours. Day 3: apply deck sealer. Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean chimneys. Doing this now instead

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4 AIR CONDITIONING TERMS THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

4 AIR CONDITIONING TERMS THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

If you’re like most, you probably just ignore your air conditioner – at least, until it breaks. Then, you just want it fixed – like, yesterday. But taking the time to understand certain air conditioning terms before you fix your air conditioner can make all the difference in your long-term electricity bills. Knowing (and using) these four terms could also save you thousands of dollars next time you replace your

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PLAY IT SAFE WHEN YOU LEAVE HOME: VACATION SECURITY SMARTS

PLAY IT SAFE WHEN YOU LEAVE HOME: VACATION SECURITY SMARTS

As summer gets into full swing, it makes sense to review some simple but important steps you should take to secure your home during vacation season. Amidst all of the decisions about where to go, where to stay, and what to do when you get there, taking some time to plan for leaving your home safe and secure will give you added peace of mind while you’re away. Here are

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Water Damage and Mould

Water Damage and Mould

We ran this article in April 2011, but we felt that due to the extreme weather we have had this winter, it was worth running again, We have all herd the saying “April showers bring May flowers”. With the possibility of high amounts of rain in April on top of the snow fall we had this winter the ground will be saturated, creating the right conditions for flooding. Water damage

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Which home remodeling projects are worth your money?

Which home remodeling projects are worth your money?

A continuing conundrum for home owners is, “which home remodeling projects are worth your money?” The answer can vary from year to year and season to season. U.S. News and World Reports says, “Even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it’s an inevitable question when you consider remodeling: How much will this improvement add to the value of my home? Surprisingly, much of the time the

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Bob Vila’s essential toolbox

Bob Vila’s essential toolbox

Home Improvement and DIY guru Bob Vila says, “Whether you’re a rookie handyman or a seasoned do-it-yourself, a range of basic tools is essential to doing the small jobs around the house… What tools will you need? Your skills and the kinds of jobs you do much be your guide, but a good basic selection would include a tape measure, square, and torpedo level for measuring and setting. A handsaw

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Light bulb buying guide

Light bulb buying guide

Standard 40, 60, 75 and 100 watt incandescent bulbs can no longer be sold. CNET says, “With all of the new options out there (not to mention the disappearance of some important old ones), finding the perfect bulb can seem pretty daunting. New lights that promise to last 20 years and save you hundreds of dollars might sound good in theory, but how do you know which one is the

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