Category: Basics

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Four Questions to Consider About Home Security

What Is the Advantage of Monitored Alarm Systems? The main difference between monitored and unmonitored solutions is whether or not a monitoring station is alerted when an alarm is tripped. With unmonitored systems, you’ll...

Cellular Shades on a Bay Window

With two big bay windows in front of my house, we often felt like we were living in a fishbowl on display for the whole neighborhood. We liked the light, but lacked privacy. In...

How to Plan a Security System

How to Plan a Security System

In this video, you’ll see the process I used to determine where I need sensors for my new alarm system. The drawing tool I used is http://draw.io. It’s free and runs in your browser;...

Smart Pool Water Chemistry Monitoring

I’ve owned a pool all my life and I know the hassle of keeping it balanced and looking good. It’s very important to continuously keep an eye on pool water chemistry or you could...

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Renovating your home can be an exciting undertaking, but it is important before you begin to slow down and make sure you check all the boxes ahead of time. Building permits primarily exist to...

Torsion Spring Extortion

Garage door springs don’t last forever and it’s usually a DIY job to replace them. But do you have torsion springs or extension springs on your doors? Extension springs are perfect for DIYers because...

New Year’s Maintenance Chores

How do you start your new year? If you’re a homeowner, there are several things you need to do annually to keep a happy home. In this video, I show five maintenance chores inside...

How to Winterize a Pool the EASY Way

How to Winterize a Pool the EASY Way

There is no reason to pay a professional to winterize your pool! You also don’t need an expensive cover or chemicals. I’ll show you how to winterize a pool the easy way for a...

How to Replace a Garage Door Torsion Spring

My buddy, Ed, had a garage door spring break after 20 years and he was initially intimidated by people telling him how dangerous they are to replace, and that he should call a professional. But...