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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Old Man Winter Can Bring Frozen Water Pipes

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Old Man Winter Can Bring Frozen Water Pipes

By Bob Strong When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage can result. Why Pipes Burst Surprisingly, […]

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Care & Feeding of Your Home: From Super Soaker to sustainable energy

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Care & Feeding of Your Home: From Super Soaker to sustainable energy

By Bob Strong Let’s have a little fun this month and try to predict the future by looking at past success. One of the greatest costs associated with operating a home or a business is what we pay to the energy companies. So, wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone could really harness the power of […]

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Care and Feeding of Your Home: Christmas Light Safety

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Care and Feeding of Your Home: Christmas Light Safety

By Bob Strong There are two major safety considerations when hanging Christmas lights: Ladder Safety Electrical Safety Always use a real ladder and not a chair or a stool or a pail to stand on. Thanksgiving weekend is not a great time to spend in the emergency room with a broken arm. If using a […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Many store bought cleaners are simply overkill

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Many store bought cleaners are simply overkill

By Bob Strong During the week, I get lots of email from listeners, usually asking questions about home maintenance and repair issues. A couple of days ago, I got one asking if I knew of a cleaner that would remove pencil from a white PVC office chair. I answered by saying that my first thought […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count… Part 2

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count… Part 2

By Bob Strong When I was a Boy Scout in the 1950’s, one of the merit badges I earned was called Electricity. The Electricity merit badge was designed to teach youngsters the theory, applications, and hazards of electrical service in our homes. The only element of the merit badge qualification that I remember vividly is […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count…

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: When Seconds Count…

It was just a little before 7:00 AM when the phone rang. On the other end, an excited voice identified herself and asked, “How do I turn off the water to the house?” Having been their handyman for many years, I knew the layout of the home well and directed her to the correct valve. […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Some Thoughts on Fence Repair

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Some Thoughts on Fence Repair

As a handyman, I was asked from time to time to repair damaged fences and gates so I thought I’d share some of my observations from the past seventeen years. First of all, the majority of fences I was asked to repair are wood and of those, the vast majority of the damage was preventable. […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Cleaning Refrigerator Coils

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: Cleaning Refrigerator Coils

While we tend to take some appliances more for granted than we do others, I would argue that the refrigerator is the most abused and least appreciated mechanical servant in the average home. So long as it keeps our food cold and ice cream frozen, we just ignore it. But, just like all machines, this […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance

Temperatures may soon be heading north of TOO HOT! That means we’ll all be running our air conditioners 24/7 in an attempt to stay cool and that means we better check to make sure they can handle the load. So, what can we do as homeowners and Do-It-Yourselfers? Make sure the furnace filter is clean, […]

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The Care & Feeding of Your Home: How to Earthquake Proof Your House

| May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Care & Feeding of Your Home: How to Earthquake Proof Your House

Growing up in Portland, I remember hearing about the “big one” that scientists were certain would strike some day. With each major earthquake that occurs somewhere else in the world, we are reminded that we are sitting on a significant fault line. It just makes sense then that it is not a matter of “if”, […]

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