Easy Fall craft – dryer vent pumpkins

Dryer vent pumpkin craftDecorate your  home for Fall with this simple-to-make craft idea: dryer vent pumpkins. You can use this craft as a decoration in your home at the beginning of Fall and keep them in (or outside) your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Unlike real pumpkins, these pumpkins won’t spoil.

To make the dryer vent pumpkins, purchase a box of flexible foil dryer venting available at www.pcappliancerepair.com. You will also need a hot glue gun or several twist ties, wire cutters, scissors spray paint (orange or light yellow for white pumpkins) and gloves or clips.

  1. Make a tight circle with your dryer venting to determine the size of your pumpkin and where you need to cut.
  2. Use scissors to start cutting. A wire runs through the venting tube, which will need to be cut using a wire cutter.
  3. Spread hot glue on one side of the venting and connect the other side to it to create a circle. Hold in place either by hand (wearing gloves) or by using clips. Let the glue dry for several minutes.
  4. You can also secure the ends together using twist ties.  Poke four holes in the venting (two on each end, top and bottom) and thread the twist ties together to complete and hold the circular shape together.
  5. Spray paint with your choice of color.  I used a glossy orange spray paint with a coating of Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in Orange Burst over the glossy orange.
  6. Use a small branch as the stem (glue to secure) or use rolled cinnamon sticks for the stem like Courtney did here for her dryer vent pumpkins.  I like how she added some Spanish moss to the tops of her pumpkin.

Thanksgiving Day table decoration idea: place the pumpkins on a a plain burlap table runner (which you can purchase at any craft store). Surround the pumpkins  with some Autumn-colored leaves (real or fake).

Thanksgiving Day Table Craft Decoration

Orange and Yellow Flames on a Gas Range – What Causes Them?

Orange and Yellow Flames on a Gas Range If you noticed that your gas range has a yellow or an orange flame instead of the standard blue flame with yellow tip in the center of the flame, it might be due to the following factors.

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Make sure the burners are clean and placed correctly

If you have an orange or yellow burner flame on your gas range make sure the burner portholes are clean and free of debris. Spillovers and cooking grease can block these openings which can affect the flame color. Make sure the burner holes and ignitor are clean and free from any debris. Use an old toothbrush to clean these areas. If you take the burners apart to clean them, make sure Continue reading

10 Often-Overlooked Autumn Maintenance Tasks

9 Often-Overlooked Autumn Maintenance Tasks

Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather ahead. In addition to cleaning the gutters and caulking and sealing openings around windows and doors, here are some often-overlooked Fall maintenance tasks.

  1. Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that moves the warm air near the ceiling and distributes it around the room.
  2. Clean your humidifier before using it (and regularly, throughout the season) to prevent bacteria from being misted out into the air.
  3. Drain the fuel from gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers and chain saws.
  4. Check and test snow blowers to make sure they are ready for use.
  5. Flush/drain your water heater tank to remove sediment and minerals that can settle on the bottom and cause rust.
  6. Change the batteries out on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Make sure you have enough of these detectors throughout your home, including the basement especially if you have gas appliances.
  7. Clean the dryer vents.
  8. Check the hoses on your washer. Replace any leaking, cracked or bubbling washer hoses.
  9. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils using a condenser coil cleaning brush.
  10. Change or clean your range hood filter or over the range microwave oven filter.

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Why does my dishwasher leave a white film on my glasses and dishes?

Why-does-my-dishwasher-leave-a-white-filmIf your dishwasher is leaving white residue or a white film on your dishes, it might not be due to your appliance, but your detergent.

In 2010, phosphates were removed from dishwashing detergents. If you live in an area with hard water (high mineral content) your dishes and glasses could be left with a white film from mineral build-up. To combat this, add a citric acid cleaner like, Lemi-Shine or this Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner by GE, with your dishwashing detergent in the dispenser. You can also run your dishes through again with the Dishwasher Citric Acid Cleaner alone.

Rinse aids and other “hard-water boosters” can also keep glasses from becoming cloudy and soften water as well.

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Why Does My Washer Vibrate? Causes Behind a Washer That Moves and Shakes

Replacing a washer suspension spring how-to repair video

Replacing a washer suspension spring how-to repair video

If your washer vibrates or moves across the floor during the spin cycle, it might be due to improper leveling, flooring or possibly a broken or worn part on your machine. Here are some things to do and parts to check in order to fix the problem yourself.

Uneven load

This is the simplest fix. Stop the washer and try redistributing the load or try adding more items to the load. Be sure to “balance” you laundry loads by washing similarly-weight items together. Example, wash a load of towels together, a load of shirts together or with items of a similar weight. However, if your washer continues to vibrate or walk across the floor regardless of load size, then it’s time to look at other reasons.
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How to fix an electric range burner that no longer heats


An electric range burner that no longer heats, might not mean there’s a problem with the surface heating element, the problem could also be with another part on the stove.

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Try removing the heating element and switching it out with another element of the same size. Does the heating element work in its new location? Then this could indicate that the Continue reading

Why the dryer is making a rumbling or thumping sound

Worn dryer drum support rollers could be causing the noise  from your dryer.

Is your dryer loud? Does it sound like you are drying a pair of sneakers or shoes in your dryer? The rumbling or thumping sound could be caused by worn drum support rollers

The drum rollers support the dryer drum on some models and makes of dryers (like those made by Kenmore or Whirlpool.) Drum rollers can either be on the front of the dryer drum, such as on a cabinet door, or on the back of a dryer, or both, dependent on your dryer’s model.

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Why does my dishwasher not drain?

Open dishwasher with dishes in rackIf your dishwasher is not draining, or there is too much water left over at the end of the cycle, it might be due to food particles blocking the sump area, or it could be cause by a clogged dishwasher drain hose or a defective part like the motor or drain pump.

It’s normal for some water to remain in the dishwasher after the cycle to keep the seals in your dishwasher from drying out. However, standing water that covers the heating element or that is more than one cup of water is not normal and could indicate a drainage problem.

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Clean your dishwasher

This is the easiest fix, so start here first. Use a towel and some hand protection (there could be broken glass or sharp food particles where you cannot see them) to clean the area around your sump, below the sprayer arms. These items could be clogging your drainage system.

Check the drain hose for clogs

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Why does my refrigerator no longer cool?

Why-does-my-refrigerator-no-longer-coolNothing can ruin a summer faster than a refrigerator that is no longer cooling. If your refrigerator feels warm or the temperature indicator lets you know that your refrigerator is warmer than it should be, here are a few thing to do in order to fix it yourself.

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Clean the condensor coils

Check the condensor coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator. Depending on your refrigerator’s model, these coils could be located at the back of your refrigerator or underneath covered by a toe or kick plate. You may need to pull out your fridge and access it from behind to reach the coils.

These coils help cool and condense the refrigerant. Overtime, the coils can become coated with pet hair, dust and dirt which prevent them from releasing heat efficiently. Use a coil cleaning brush and vacuum to remove any buildup on your coils and see if it helps cool your refrigerator.

Sometimes there is a fan that helps blow air over the coils. Make sure it’s clean too and working properly.

Check for heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils

This will require removing the panel inside your freezer to visually inspect, but another indication is frost buildup on the inside of your freezer walls and ceiling. This can indicate a problem with Continue reading

What to check when the refrigerator water dispenser is not working

refrigerator-water-dispenserA refrigerator water dispenser that is not dispensing any water or that is dispensing water slowly, might have an issue with a number of parts. However, the first and easiest thing you should check is the water filter.

Over time, refrigerator water filters gather impurities from the water that they filter, which can lead to a buildup of impurities inside the filter itself.  Changing your water filter could possibly fix the problem of a slow water filter dispenser or one that does not work at all.

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