Monthly Archives: October 2014

Garage Refrigerator Heater Kit keeps your garage refrigerator working during winter

Garage Refrigerator Heater Kit

Make sure the refrigerator in your garage is ready for winter with a Garage Refrigerator Heater Kit.

As the temperature outside your refrigerator drops below 40 degrees, your refrigerator senses this and tells the freezer, “No more cold air for me thanks.” The freezer stops producing cold air and the items inside your freezer start to melt, resulting in spoiled food.

The Garage Refrigerator Heater Kit solves this problem by providing enough heat to trick the thermostat into running the compressor. More cold air is then produced keeping items in your freezer frozen.

This kit made by Electrolux can be used in many top-mount (freezer on top) refrigerator models made by Frigidaire and Kenmore. Installation instructions are included.

You can buy a Garage Refrigerator Kit at

Dryer vent pumpkins – an easy-to-make Fall craft

These dryer vent pumpkins are easy-to-make, lightweight and can dress up a home or table. If you plan on using these as outdoor decorations, you might want to attach them to a wood base so they don’t blow away.

Dryer vent pumpkin craft for Fall,  Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Dryer vent pumpkin craft for Fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween.

All you need to make this craft is a box of flexible aluminum dryer venting, a hot glue gun or twist ties, wire cutters, scissors and spray paint. If you are using hot glue, gloves or clips are recommended so you do risk coming in contact with the hot glue.

  1. Make a tight circle with your dryer venting to determine the size of your pumpkin and where you need to cut.
  2. Use scissor to start cutting. You will need a wire cutter to cut the wire inside the venting.
  3. Use either hot glue on one side of the venting to secure it to the other side. Bring together with the other side and join. (Gloves or clips are recommended for this part!) Or else poke four holes in the venting (two on each end, top and bottom) and thread the twist ties together to complete and hold the circular shape together.
  4. Spray paint with your choice of color. No need to prime with another color. Used in the picture above: glossy orange spray paint and Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in Orange Burst over a layer of glossy orange.
  5. Use a small branch as the stem (glue to secure) or use rolled cinnamon sticks for a festive fragrance.

You can purchase inexpensive four inch wide by five feet long flexible dryer venting on

Get your kitchen and appliances ready for the holidays

Although the holidays seem far away, now’s the time to make sure your appliances are operating properly before you start all your holiday baking, hosting and after-party cleaning.



Replace broken refrigerator veggie or crisper drawers with new ones.

Replace taped up or broken refrigerator door bars and get back some of your storage space.

Change your refrigerator’s water filter.

Stove or Oven

Consult your owner’s manual to see the best way to clean your oven. Some ovens have a special coating on them that cannot be cleaned with detergents, soaps or commercial oven cleaners. Also, if you do use the self-cleaning feature, check whether you are to leave the racks inside your oven during the process. Some manufacturers recommend you remove them and clean them by hand.

Be sure to use the self-cleaning function a few weeks before guests arrive as sometimes the process leaves a lingering smell. Check your oven’s heating function after it has cooled down.

Use the self-cleaning feature after you have already heated the oven to cook. This will save energy and save you money.

Replace old or worn stove knobs with new ones for a better cooking experience.

Replace stained and dirty drip pans .

If your electric oven doesn’t heat, you may need to replace the bake element or the broil element (check both).

Check your oven’s temperature accuracy with an oven thermometer. Take four different readings and space them 20 minutes apart once your temperature hits its setting. Average the different readings together and divide by four for an average temperature.


If your dishwasher is not cleaning like it should, check out our article on “How to clean your dishwasher” and use a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh to remove excess detergent residue and stains from inside your dishwasher.

Replace missing rack roller wheels.

Need a new dishwasher utensil or silverware basket? You can purchase a new one using your dishwasher model number to find your correct part.

Garbage disposal

Use a garbage disposal cleaner to clean and freshen your disposal. Or freeze ice cubes with a slice of lemon or citrus rinds and grind them in your disposal to deodorize. Flush with cold water.

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