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  1. SavvyCat

    Solar Screen Usefulness

    The townhouse I bought has solar screens, which I guess is a good thing since I'm in Southern Nevada. But I was wondering if they serve any purpose other than reducing the sun's intensity when it's directly on the windows. I mean, do they have any actual insulation properties? The reason I ask...
  2. SavvyCat

    Fixing Sloppy Spackling

    The former owner of my townhouse was told she didn't have to repair any nail holes, etc. Sadly, she did me the "favor" of doing so anyway--very badly--and painted her handywork with the custom paints she left me in mason jars. I actually consider myself one of the world's best hole repair...
  3. SavvyCat

    Dishwasher Air Gap

    I was wondering if the dishwasher air gap is just a quaint tradition or codified. I didn't have one in my Utah house, but in Southern Nevada I do. I just bought a new kitchen faucet and realized it conflicts with the stupid wart on my sink. Is that thing really necessary these days?
  4. SavvyCat

    Removing Glued Astroturf

    The house I bought has a very nice ~400sf covered patio with warm LED light circling the upper perimeter and a ceiling fan. I have a beautiful patio sofa set that makes the whole space so inviting. The problem is, the previous owners glued 4'x4' sections of fake grass with overlapping edges...
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    Refrigerator Issues/Diagnosis

    "Or just to find info on typical repair costs, so you are better prepared if you hire someone.” That’s what I did. I watched a couple of videos, but it looked a little complex. (Although I did replace my own iPhone battery, so I think I can do almost anything.) I know the cost of the part and...
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    New to Two-Story Living

    That reminds me an old sandstone we lived in when I was a kid, probably built around the same time. There was NO heat upstairs, and we kids had space heaters and sleeping bags in our beds. Nowadays someone probably would have called CPS for the abuse. But I think it’s why I like sleeping in a...
  7. SavvyCat

    New to Two-Story Living

    Thanks. I actually have been using a space heater. I have one that’s on wifi with an app. 😃 I was just hoping there was some neat trick others might know if normalize the top and bottom. I have a feeling I’m going to be using this portable (sort of) air conditioner in my bedroom come summer...
  8. SavvyCat

    New to Two-Story Living

    I was just trying to do that. I can't reach the two in the loft. It's like a 25 foot vault! Don't know what I'm going to do when that smoke alarm battery waaay up there needs changed. Thanks for the tip!
  9. SavvyCat

    New to Two-Story Living

    I just bought a two-story townhouse, and I am baffled about how to have a consistent temperature between floors. It is so warm up top while chilly down below. The temp spread isn't huge, but I need a cool room to be able to sleep. In that case, I have programmed my thermostat to stop heating...
  10. SavvyCat

    Refrigerator Issues/Diagnosis

    I know this forum isn't about appliance repair, but I hope to hear from some of you who have knowledge on the subject of refrigerators and can help me sound less stupid and gullible when I call for repair. I bought my house with the fridge included and with a home warranty. The last two times...
  11. SavvyCat

    Garbage Disposer Switch Location

    Appreciate the tip. They seem to have been pretty diligent inverting the receptacles operated by a switch, but they easily could have missed one.
  12. SavvyCat

    Garbage Disposer Switch Location

    They are the same. There are some other mystery switches and really dumb things, like the two switches in the dining area work the porch and the nearby entry, while the switch that works the dining area is 10 feet away next to another--a 3-way--for the entry. The only kitchen switch is in the...
  13. SavvyCat

    Garbage Disposer Switch Location

    I just bought a townhouse, and I think whoever wired it was drunk. Maybe it's just me, but whenever there have been two switches--one for the over sink light and one for the disposal--the one on closest to the sink operated the disposal. It's the reverse here and I keep hitting the wrong one...
  14. SavvyCat

    Replace Single 20A Outlet with Duplex?

    It's 20. I'd actually like to move it because I want to put a surge protector on it that had a tap screw in the middle, and you can't do that with a GFCI. :) I play with all my toys over there and the one I have without a tap screw is hard to pull a plug from without yanking the whole thing...
  15. SavvyCat

    Replace Single 20A Outlet with Duplex?

    To the point. I like it! :) Here's one... can I move the GFCI?
  16. SavvyCat

    Replace Single 20A Outlet with Duplex?

    This is hopefully an easy answer. I have one 15A GFCI duplex outlet (two sockets) in my garage on one wall, and a lonely single 20A outlet (one socket) on another wall with my little chest freezer plugged into it. That's it for garage power unless I climb up to plug into the door opener. Is...
  17. SavvyCat

    Whirlpool Dryer Repair

    Thanks! Will do!
  18. SavvyCat

    Whirlpool Dryer Repair

    Probably the wrong place to ask this question, but I'll give it a shot. Any appliance repair people out there? I have a Whirlpool dryer (WGD5000DW2), and the moisture sensor has lifted on one end, and stuff gets snagged in it. Since trying to press it back into place doesn't work, and I can't...
  19. SavvyCat

    Sprinklers - Converting to Rotating Nozzles

    I know that, but it was in a specialized group and I thought I might get more than ONE if I posted it more generally.
  20. SavvyCat

    Sprinklers - Converting to Rotating Nozzles

    Does anyone have experience changing their traditional spray nozzles to the more efficient rotary nozzles? I have found too much information and not enough experience. Some say you need to replace the whole body and others just the nozzle in the popup. While I'm sure my system would benefit from...
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