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Hardware Tip of the Week: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves before vacation & Play it SAFE when working on wiring

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Vacation: To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery.
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night.
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
 5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. (Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.)
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home. If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
Wiring: Probably the most mysterious and scariest home projects involve electrical work.
Those people not familiar with electricity might expect lightning to come shooting out of sockets and switches when you want to work on them. That won’t happen...unless, of course, you start working around the wiring when the power is still flowing.
Play it safe and get an inexpensive circuit alert voltage tester that lets you know if it’s okay to go to work. Just place the tester on the wiring (or device) and if it lights up the wire is live.
This lets you know if you’ve turned off the wrong circuit breaker or fuse, or if there’s a problem with the breaker. Fix it before you do anything else.
Additional Tip: Put Mold On Hold
More homes today are sealed air tight and when small water leaks occur in a roof or somewhere in a home’s structure and they go undetected for a period of time, wet insulation and wallboard become breeding grounds.
The answer (if you haven’t been told) is knowing how to put mold on hold. Reduce interior moisture and humidity levels with good ventilation and a dehumidifier if needed. Catch and repair leaks early and know that condensation creates moisture problems too.
Watch for any signs of mold and act quickly to correct and prevent it. More than being unsightly it’s a health hazard too.
Additional Tip: Icemakers:
So you want a nice, cool drink but the icemaker’s on the blink. Here’s how to trouble shoot an icemaker that isn’t making cubes. Before you start seeing dollar signs for repairs check the obvious.
• Is the wire arm in the up position? If so move it down to turn the icemaker back on and it’s “problem solved.”
• If the problem is small cubes check for a clogged water-supply line.
• If freezer temperatures are set too high it causes problems too and icemakers don’t cycle properly. Set 8 degrees or lower for crisp, clean cubes.
If these simple quick fixes don’t do it, it may be time for replacement. Icemakers typically only last 6 to 10 years and oftentimes, buying
a new one is as cost effective as a repair. If you do go shopping for a replacement, be sure to take along the make and model number of your refrigerator.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.