Fall is a good time to check your vehicle’s antifreeze levels. Antifreeze, often referred to as coolant, safeguards your engine block from freezing throughout the winter and protects the engine from overheating in the summer. Check the coolant level when the engine is cold and the radiator hoses are cool to the touch. Be sure…

Vampire power is a term coined to describe electrical power wasted by typical household electronics when they are plugged in, but not in use. Vampire power is also known as standby power. Not all electrical devices are vampires, but devices with LED lights, digital displays, plug-in chargers or remote controls typically suck power when not…

It is easy to install a dedicated water filtered faucet if you have an unused faucet hole or a stainless steel sink. Step 1: Purchase a filter faucet to match the existing faucet finish and an under the cabinet water filtration system. Step 2: Remove the hole plug from the sink or use a metal…

How to fix a leaky sink strainer. If your kitchen sink stainer assembly is worn or leaking you should be able to install a new one without too much difficulty. Step 1: Place a bucket or towel beneath the sink drain line and use a pipe wrench to loosen the drain line coupling nut from…

Brown Recluse spiders are venomous spiders found in the Central and Midwestern states. Named for their reclusive habits, these spiders prefer dry, dark isolated areas with little human activity. Carnivorous and cannibalistic by nature, brown recluse spiders favor dead insects over live ones and can survive for six months without food. Over the counter pesticides…

Get a jump start on the growing season by starting vegetable seeds indoors. Step 1: Choose which seeds you want to start indoors by reading the back of the seed packets. Leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes and spinach are perfect early season crops. Some vegetable and flower seeds need to be sown directly into the soil,…

If you suspect a mouse in your house, it is imperative you act quickly to eliminate it. If left unchecked, a single mouse can produce up to a dozen offspring within a month and in turn those offspring can produce another 70 – 90 mice within 12 weeks. Step 1: Prevention is the best medicine….

No matter how you look at it, a clogged toilet is no fun, but you might not need a plumber to unclog it. Step 1: Remove as much water as possible from the stool. It the water is not draining at all, scoop the excess water into a bucket – not into the sink or…

Thawing a frozen water line in your home is easy when you have a little patience and a mild heat source. Frozen pipes are likely to burst if heated too fast, so slow and steady is the best plan of action. Step 1: Turn on the faucet along the frozen line. If the pipe is…