Month: March 2020

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron visits Alaska to install a portable generator with a manual transfer switch to power hardwired appliances like a well pump and heating system using unleaded gasoline. #ThisOldHouse #AskTOH SUBSCRIBE to This Old House: Cost: $3,000 Skill Level: Moderate Tools List for Installing a Manual Transfer Switch
Collect this idea To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, most companies are shifting to remote work. As a result, plenty of people are reconfiguing their spaces and scrounging for the tools to effectively work from their homes. We reached out to our coworkers for some work-from-home inspiration. Some of us are having to make
Collect this idea ITTIGallery/Shutterstock Understanding home equity When you take the current market value of your home that you receive after an appraisal and subtract it from the amount you currently owe on your mortgage, that’s your home’s equity. Your home equity is how much of the property that you truly own. This is the formula you will
High-speed internet isn’t a necessity for everybody, and sometimes high-speeds just aren’t available in certain areas. Many people can get by with satellite or mobile hotspots for basic web browsing, but for those of you who need it, fiber and cable internet provide more reliable connections, download speeds of 25 Mbps or faster and more
Collect this idea This spring cleaning season, there’s a lot more than just decluttering at stake — a clean home could be your last line of defense against a coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. To help separate fact from fiction, we spoke with Dr. Stephen J. Thomas, Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at SUNY Upstate Medical
Collect this idea Piotr Swat/Shutterstock In the early 2000s, fiber-optic internet was not unheard of—Verizon had first deployed its Fios service in 2004⁠—but fiber-optic cable lines were expensive to lay and the service was stalling. For the most part, the high-end market was served by cable and the low-end by DSL.  Enter Google Fiber. In 2009, the Federal
Collect this idea Joyseulay/Shutterstock Even with the right unit and proper installation, there’s always the chance that your furnace will malfunction. While some problems are caused by normal wear and tear, most can be traced to inconsistent maintenance. Furnace issues can wreak havoc in your living space, especially during the colder months when you really
Collect this idea welcomia/Shutterstock Furnaces play an essential role in keeping your home warm when the weather outside turns cold. But in order to save money on repairs and energy bills, it’s important to replace your furnace at the right time. Today’s furnaces are highly energy-efficient, reliable and quiet. But one size does not fit
About WOW!  WOW! (also known as Wide Open West) offers cable, fiber and DSL internet, phone and television services for customers in nine states providing services to over 7 million people. You can find WOW! internet in metropolitan areas like Montgomery, AL, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, and 16+ other markets. There are WOW! Internet package
Collect this idea ITTIGallery/Shutterstock What is equity? You’ll often hear the term equity when it comes to homeownership, but you may not even know what that means even if you already own a home. The amount of money you receive when you sell your house, minus any debt associated with it, is equity. When looking at it from
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair a cracked floor joist. SUBSCRIBE to This Old House: Shopping List for Repairing a Cracked Floor Joist: – Carpenter’s glue, used to mend cracked joist – Old-work joist hanger with hanger nails, used to support end of joist – Cloth, for wiping off
Collect this idea Image:Breadmaker/Shutterstock Nordyne, also known as Nortek Global HVAC, is a manufacturer of heating and cooling products. The company creates innovative and thoughtfully designed equipment. They also value the input that they receive from customers when considering their solutions.  From commercial buildings to homes, Nordyne’s lineup will surely fit your needs. If you’re
Most Americans settle in a home, envisioning a permanent life refuge. Achieving this vision of aging in place, though, means preparing the home now to anticipate future needs. Doing so successfully can allow older adults to remain independent, autonomous and in charge of their home security as they age. As many as 94% of today’s