Thursday, July 26, 2012

Green & Gold: Quick & Easy Fixes Save Money

Green & Gold Feature:  Quick Fixes to Common Troubles

 Freezing Car Doors:

  During cold weather the car door(s) stick shut.

Solution:  Spray silicone along the weatherstripping seals around both doors. This stops moisture from accumulating overnight and freezing the seals.
  This will also prevent the rubber seals from drying and cracking in the Summer, which causes weak seals and rain leaks.

Auto Amnesia:

 You need to disconnect your car's battery, but don't want to lose your radio and GPS settings.

Solution:  A 9-volt adapter connected between the cigar lighter and a 9-volt battery will keep your settings intact.
 *Note: If you are disconnecting the battery to reset the computer, this will defeat the'll just have to reset everything in that case.

Moist Jeans:

  Your clothes dryer seems to be getting slower/weaker.

Solution: Pull the vent hose at the wall (a thin, reusable clamp may be holding it in place), and remove any debris you can see. Then, using the nozzle attachment, vacuum out all the dust and fibers you can reach both inside the hose and around the wall fitting.
 Note: You're not only saving money by making more efficient use of the dryer's power, you're also preventing one of the most common causes of house fires!

Shaggy Lawn:

  Your yard needs a trim yesterday, but the mower won't start.

Solution: Before you take it to the shop, try this...Remove the spark plug and empty the gas tank. Install a new spark plug, and add fresh gas. Remove the air cleaner and put 5 drops of gas into the carburetor, and re-install the air filter.
 9 times out of ten, the mower will fire right up.

Call Noah!

  The water in the toilet bowl is rising fast, and an overflow is imminent.

Solution: Open the tank and prop up the ball/float. This will stop the flow to the bowl and prevent an overflow. The plunger is your next step to free the clog.

Self-Watering plants:

 Need to water your vegetable garden while you're on vacation?

Solution:  Collect a few liter-size plastic soda or water bottles, and after rinsing well, poke a few small holes randomly into each bottle.
 Bury one bottle (standing up, 75% down) next to each of your tomato plants. Before you leave for vacation, fill each bottle. The water will be released slowly into the surrounding ground, and depending on the number and size of the holes, each bottle should take 3-5 days to empty.

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