12 Common Furnace Problems (and How to Fix Them)

“Is it chilly in here, or is just me?” If that’s the question that brought you to this post, we’d like to say this first: That stinks. No one needs a quitter furnace in the dead of winter, and we’re so sorry it’s happened to …

DIY Steps to Replace a Circuit Breaker

It’s happened to the best of us: We plug in one too many appliances—hair dryer, flat iron, iron iron, crockpot—on the same circuit and “pop” goes the breaker. (Yes, we said “crockpot,” and yes it was in the bathroom. It’s a long story.) Typically, a …

Easy DIY Furnace Maintenance Tips

You know what’s worse than coming home to a freezing cold house during a cold snap? Nothing. Except maybe having your furnace say, “Nope” in the middle of your fancy holiday meal or while your buddies are over for a major sporting event or any …

Hearing an Electrical Hum or Buzz? Here’s What to Do

When it comes to home ownership, mysteries are rarely fun. Mysterious stain on the ceiling? Better check the toilet upstairs. Mysterious odor in the kitchen? Check the garbage disposal or the potato bin. (It’s almost always a forgotten Russett in the far back corner of …

Is it Safe to Take a Bath During a Storm?

Since you’ve landed on this blog post, we’re willing to bet you’re sitting in your bathrobe on the edge of your tub, watching it fill while you’re listening to rumbling thunder in the distance. To be honest, a nice bubbly soak with a storm soundtrack …

Is My AC Running Too Long?

Keeping cool doesn’t have to make your wallet sweat.Summer is for poolside adventures, family BBQs, and walking that fine line between “getting a little color” and “Where’s the aloe?!” New bathing suits, summer camps, and feeding all the neighborhood kids can get really expensive. And …

How Safe Are Childproof Outlets?

As with most things parenting-related... it depends.Childproofing is exhausting. With so many dangers to worry about, it can feel overwhelming trying to keep our kids safe. But try we do—and there’s no shortage of opinions and products out there to help with the task. Electrical outlets, …