All posts by Christopher Simmons

Electrocution accidents

Avoiding Electrical Code Violations

A while back, I posted about how I vented my microwave through an exterior wall. One of our readers asked whether the way I did it was “up to code”. It was, but I had forgotten to include in my post a photo of the duct work piece that showed that it was. Meeting code for duct work is important, but meeting code for electrical work may be even more important.

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Roomba

Everybody Loves to Roomba

I hate vacuuming. So, a couple years ago, I bought a Roomba vacuum cleaner from Costco as a Christmas present to myself.  This robot vacuum has been a huge upgrade for our home.

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Landscape plan showing Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Landscape Plan was a Great Investment!

How to Get Great Landscape Design for Less Money

A landscape plan using landscape design focused on your personal home can help make your house look great, and it can be a great investment. Front landscaping just makes you feel good when you come home after a hard day at work. Plus, it can add significant value to your home. Professional landscaping can be expensive, but there is a way you can get the awesome results of professional landscaping without spending a fortune.

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Home improvement: keep the sewer clean out, but put it underground in a utility box

Sewer Cleanout? Underground it!

Sewer Cleanout Critical but in the Way

A sewer cleanout is a pipe that gives you access to your home's sewer line. So, it's critical for maintaining your connection to your sewer system. Should a backup occur, getting to a sewer cleanout quickly can save you money and reduce the damage from an overflow inside your house. To make sure they are easily accessible, sometimes a builder will install a sewer cleanout above grade. Sometimes that's because of a local law on how high above ground a sewer cleanout has to be. But a sewer cleanout that is above ground has its own set of problems. Luckily, I've found a pretty easy and cheap solution.

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Frigidaire Gallery microwave oven mounted above oven and vented through outside wall

Microwave with Vent to Outside

I like to cook. So, one small home improvement that has improved my life a lot has been venting the over-the-range microwave fan through the exterior wall. The tools and parts were cheap, the project was fairly simple, and and it has really cut down on the smoke and odor in the kitchen and in the whole house.

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Home Improvement: Front yard landscaping after landscape plan - After

Home Improvement Cost vs. Value

Home improvement cost and value is important. Which home renovation projects are you and your neighbors doing that will increase your property values? How much will that home improvement cost? How to decide which home improvement project to do next?

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