The holiday season is finally upon us. As family and friends gather at our houses we must be sure that everything goes right. This time of year also puts the most stress on our appliances. Whether it’s preparing all of our favorite holiday meals and treats in our ovens, storing them in our refrigerators and freezers and cleaning all of our dishes after the big meal in our dishwashers, we are using our appliances more than usual. So how can we prepare ourselves and our appliances for all of this holiday chaos? Here are a few tips to help us out.
As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).
This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience. Continue reading →
When it’s time to replace your old oven igniter, it’s important that you disconnect your range from its power source and turn off your gas shut off valve before you get started. Once you are ready to begin your repair, follow our easy how to guide below for best results:
Remove the access panel on the back of your range, there should be four screws holding it up, unscrew them with a small screw driver.
Decorate 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.
Make a tight circle with your dryer venting to determine the size of your pumpkin and where you need to cut.
Use scissors to start cutting. A wire runs through the venting tube, which will need to be cut using a wire cutter.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Clean your humidifier before using it (and regularly, throughout the season) to prevent bacteria from being misted out into the air.
Drain the fuel from gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, weed trimmers and chain saws.
Check and test snow blowers to make sure they are ready for use.
Flush/drain your water heater tank to remove sediment and minerals that can settle on the bottom and cause rust.
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.
Clean the dryer vents.
Check the hoses on your washer. Replace any leaking, cracked or bubbling washer hoses.
Don’t put away your Christmas wrapping paper yet, use any scraps and leftover ribbon and turn them into your New Year’s Eve party confetti.
You can use your paper shredder to easily create perfect strips, or try a hole punch to cut out perfect circles from shiny ribbon. Of course scissors works just as well. You can try folding the paper first to save time before cutting and to make more uniform strips.
Other ideas on what to do with left over wrapping paper come from www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com, who suggests using the paper as mailing packaging material, creating ribbons or lining your drawer with it.