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How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum

Saturday April 19, 2014

When vacuum care is missing in action, it can have a serious effect on the life of this cleaning tool. And it can end up costing you money to repair or replace it.

Do you find your vacuum isn't living up to its projected lifespan? A vacuum's life is impossible to estimate, because how much you use it can differ considerably from any projected lifespan based on average use. And your definition of  'average use' may not be the same as someone else's.

There's really no clear-cut time frame for a vacuum's lifespan, but with some TLC, you can hopefully extend its working years. When care is lacking, it can be short-lived.

Learn How NOT to care for your vacuum, so you can better understand what happens, when your standard of care isn't quite what the manufacturer had in mind. Your vacuum's life may depend on it.

Warning! It's a little tongue in cheek, but you'll get my drift. After all, it's a shame  to see people waste money, when some TLC can cure what ails your vacuum. Find out what you should change if you want to extend the life of your vacuum in:  Vacuum TLC Gone Wrong - How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum.

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Options for Reducing Household Waste

Thursday April 17, 2014

When in comes to managing waste, there are several options to reducing that abundance of trash we generate, some of which are recycling or composting.  But there's also practical appliances that can help to reduce the amount that goes to the landfill.

Simple recycling may be sufficient for some households, but others may need more help in way of  disposers or compactors.  While both help to reduce trash,  they have very different functions and even their installations differ.

Which one is best for you depends on a lot of factors including space or whether you're renting or own your home.  Some households employ a variety of tools and methods.  Learn more about these options and find one or two that work for you and can help you to better Manage Your Household Waste.

And Earth Day is coming right up! So get ready to make a difference.

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Tip of the Week: Springform Pan

Wednesday April 16, 2014

To make certain that you have inserted the bottom flat piece properly into the sides band section of a springform pan, have a look all the way around.

Missing a small area can easily happen. It's a quick visual that will confirm a proper seal and help to reduce the risk of dripping into your oven. You'll be glad you checked.

Read more:  Tips on Buying and Using a Springform Baking Pan

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If you like retro - you'll love the VFAN

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Vornado® recently released a reissue of their original metal fan from the 1940's and while the new VFAN is big on classic style, it's compact in size yet is an efficient air circulator.

This classic fan comes in three colors and though vintage looking, will blend into any living space. But be warned, it's bound to get a few admiring glances from your guests.

Learn more about this classic room fan in my: Vornado VFAN Air Circulator Review

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