Does Your Toolbox Have The 8 Essential Items it Should?

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Whether you live in an apartment, house, or condo you need a toolbox to complete tasks in your living area. From a task as simple as hanging a picture to something a little more difficult like replacing a part in your refrigerator, everything requires tools! Here are eight specific tools that every toolbox should contain so you’re able to complete the tasks you want when you want.

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Acid Stains On Your Stainless Steel? | Remove It Now!

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While stainless steel is an alloy of chromium and iron helping it to combat stains, it is still susceptible to staining from everyday acid based household cleaners.

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What to Do with Your Old Appliances

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Replacing parts in an appliance can extend its life significantly, but eventually the time comes to replace it.  So what do you do with it?

If you have an older appliance sitting in your garage or basement that you didn’t know how to dispose of or are currently using as an extra, you are not alone.  Millions of others are currently in the same predicament; stuck with an appliance they no longer want or using extra energy to run it.

Which brings us back to the question: So what do you do with it?  The good news is, you actually have quite a few options to choose from.  You can Recycle it, Scrap it, Trade or Turn it in, Donate it, or Trash it.

Let us tell you a little bit about each of your options.

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Clean Your Oven Naturally For Your Holiday Cooking!

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As the holidays are coming close, so is a lot of cooking. Before baking your holiday cookies and cooking your holiday meals its probably smart to clean your oven out. Here is a natural way to clean your oven with products you probably already have in your house!

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What You’ll Need
-Baking soda
-Water
-Rubber gloves
-Spray bottle
-White vinegar
-Plastic spatula
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How Often Should You Change The Water Filter In Your Refrigerator?

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Changing the water filter in your refrigerator every 6 months is what most manufacturers recommend. The question all of us seem to be asking is: Is this really necessary?

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Ice maker not making ice anymore?

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There are a couple reasons why an ice maker may stop working. The two most common reasons your ice maker wouldn’t be working are one, the motor coupling needs to be replaced or two, your dispenser motor needs to be replaced. No need to worry or call an expensive repairman both of these repairs can be done DIY pretty easily!

Replacing Your Motor Coupling

Tools you’ll need:
-Hammer
New Motor Coupling

Steps To Replace Your Motor Coupling:
1.) Open the freezer door.
2.) Remove the ice dispenser assembly by simply lifting up and pulling out
3.) Remove old motor coupling located at the back of the freezer it is cross thread so you will turn left to remove it it will be on pretty tight so you will have to use the hammer to tap it loose enough to spin it off with your hands
4.) Place new motor coupling on remember its cross threaded so spin it right to tighten
5.) Replace the ice dispenser assembly by lining it up with the tracks and pushing it into place

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How to Replace a 4-Prong Electric Dryer Power Cord

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If your home was built after the year 2000, you may have noticed that there is a four-prong outlet for your dryer, rather than a three prong.  The reason?  All new homes are required to do so by The National Electric Code for safety purposes.  Although existing homes are still allowed to use three prong outlets, it’s a good a idea to make the switch.

4-prong power cords have a lower risk of shock because the power cords no longer have the ground and neutral wires grouped together.  It helps to prevent ground currents from making their way up the power cord to the appliance.

 

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So what can you do if you have an older dryer in a new home?  Do you need to get a new dryer?  Although they do make adapters, they aren’t very safe and should only be used as a temporary fix.  No need to worry though, it is relatively easy to convert most older electric dryers from a 3-prong power cord to a 4-prong power cord.  Please consult your owner’s manual to determine if your dryer model is compatible for conversion.   

Today we have a step-by-step repair guide for installing or simply replacing a faulty or non-functioning 4-prong power cord on an electric dryer.

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