Monday, October 26, 2015

Can you do without a Cable Box?

All about the cable box

Under the TV

Do you still have one at home? (Photo Credits)

While a growing number of households have been cutting their cable subscriptions to save on utility bills, it cannot be denied that majority of homes still have cable subscription.

But what can be done about the sometimes hideous, and space hogging contraption that comes with it – the cable box?

The website DIY Real showed ways on how to go about hiding the cable box, which can be done by using a fake stack of books. Build Safe

Check out the photos here.

You can do without it.

Electrical Contractors The Atlantic meantime share an article that could totally eliminate the cable box in a household. “One solution proposed in the report is that cable services could simply be accessed through an app. Consumers would buy their own devices and access cable services the way they would access Netflix. Some budget-conscious consumers are cutting their ties to cable (and the hassle that comes with it); there are already those who opt for streaming services such as Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon Fire. But if cable became an app—and companies made it easy to own a box without sinking huge amounts of money and time—it might just be the best of both worlds.”

Read the rest of the report here.

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The New York Times meantime wrote about letting consumers use cheaper and better cable boxes.

“Connecting a set-top box to a cable line or satellite dish should be as easy as activating a new cellphone on a wireless network. Consumers should have a choice of devices, and they should be able to buy the boxes outright or pay for them through their monthly plan. And using a set-top box should not require an electronic card. Surely, cable and tech companies can come up with software that can verify that set-top boxes are being used by paying subscribers. In addition to saving people money, reducing cable companies’ control over set-top boxes could improve TV watching. Some television makers might build set-top boxes into their machine so consumers would not have to buy two devices. Tech companies like Apple and Google could create set-top boxes with easier-to-use menus. Device makers might also offer consumers the ability to simultaneously search for entertainment on cable and Internet-based services like Netflix and Hulu.”

Go read the whole article here.

So are you ready to get rid of your cable box?

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Deep Cleaning an Electric Stove

How to Clean an Electric Stove


Cleaning your electric stove makes it more energy efficient. (Photo Credits)

Is your electric stove getting greasy and is full of gunk?

Fret not, because there are great ways to spruce it up and make it look like new.

Apartment Therapy shared a technique on how to deep clean an electric stove using cleansers that can be found in any home’s kitchen cupboard. Electrician 

“Does your pot frequently runneth over? If you’re part of the regularly-sets-off-the-smoke-alarm-while-cooking-dinner club, chance are your stove burners are in desperate need of attention. Whether it’s your fault, or the previous tenants’, the burners aren’t going to clean themselves. Or are they? Well, yes, and no. You can set your burners to high, remove any pots or pans, and let them burn off any caked-on food for a few minutes- but this technique can only go so far. To get a really good, deep-down, clean-clean, you’ll need to actually remove the burners from the stove and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease.”

Check out the step by step instructions here.

All you need is Baking Soda

Lifehacker on the other hand meantime emphasized that all you need to clean a greasy and gunky electric stove is baking soda.

“Kitchen accidents happen. Whether it’s the occasional boil-over or a big spill, your electric stove burners are bound to get a little gunked up after awhile. When a simple wiping won’t do, turn to the do-anything household multi-tasker: baking soda.”

Check out the procedure here.

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The website meanwhile shard a detailed way of cleaning electric stove coils. Electrical Contractors 

“Even the best chefs and most careful cooks often find that they have drizzled little food our sauce on their stove burner. I am neither a chef nor careful when I’m whipping up dinner. Nevertheless, no matter how methodical you are while cooking, spills and accidents happen. When spills find their way to the coils, you’ll usually know it right away by the smell, burn, and even some smoke. The best thing to do when a spill happens is to clean it as soon as possible after the stove cools. But, if you can’t do that, add “clean the stove” to your cleaning schedule so you are sure to clean it before it becomes caked on too much.”

Read the step-by-step guide here.

When was the last time you cleaned your stove?

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

How to clean an electric fan

The proper way of cleaning a fan

cobalt electric fan

Clean your desk fans regularly. (Photo Credits)

Desk Fans are very useful especially during the summer. But like any other home appliance, it should be cleaner regularly to ensure that the dirt and dust that it harbors do not affect the health of th people who uses it.

But how does one properly clean a desk fan?

Apartment Therapy shared in its website a step-by-step guide in cleaning a desk fan. Electrician

“In anticipation of spending the warmer months with our oscillating fans on to keep us cool, now is a good time to pause and take a few minutes to give them a quick clean. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them and could use a little bit of attention. (Plus it will keep your fan—and your lungs—in better shape!). Small toiletry items like cotton swabs, makeup brushes, foam craft brushes, or toothpicks are great for jobs like this. They are just small enough to get caked-on dirt out of tiny crevices that are hard to tackle with a basic rag.”

Read the rest of the step-by-step instructions here.

Even Animals like Fans

Humans though are not the only living being in the planet that enjoys desk or table top fans. The Marsupial featured over at British website Daily Mail, glides alongside an oscillating fan.

“How do pet sugar gliders learn to glide when they are not in the wild? They take lessons, of course. Adorable footage shows a small pet marsupial learning to glide from the safety of its home, with the help from a trusty desk fan. Ready for take to the skies, the sugar glider stretches out its little arms and fluffy tail waiting for the fan to oscillate round to its body for take-off.”

Build Safe Check out the video here.

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Not everyone though use desk fans for convenience.

Media outfit CBS Baltimore reported about a woman who used a desk fan to hurt another lady.

“A 60-year-old Milford woman was arrested after police say she punched and hit a woman with a desk fan. The News Journal reports that police say Rose Deshields, also known as Rosa Person, was charged earlier this month after an investigation revealed she got into a verbal dispute with a 23-year-old woman at Brightway Commons Apartment Complex.”

Read the rest of the report here.

So when was the last time that you cleaned your electric fan?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Refrigerator

Can you make a DIY Ref?


Making a DIY Refrigerator. (Photo Credits)

Refrigerators are very important especially in prolonging the shelf life of food, and making certain food stuff and beverages more palatable.

But refrigerators consume a lot of electricity considering that it has to be continuously plugged in and at the same time it continues to generate cooling power. If you know how to make one via DIY then that will definitely be good news.

The website Knowledge Weighs Nothing shared a DIY project on how to make an electric efficient refrigerator at home. Build Safe

“If you have an old chest freezer, it can quite simply and cheaply be converted into an super-efficient DIY chest refrigerator that will require  fraction of the power to run (around 100 watts a day), in fact it would cost less than $5  a year to run this chest refrigerator! This could save you a huge amount of money, but also, this DIY chest refrigerator is so low powered, it could easily be run via small low cost solar system. Even if you don’t have an old chest freezer, these can be picked up for next to nothing if you ask around.”

Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

Recycle an old refrigerator

Handy and Homemade also shared another way of coming up with an efficient food and beverage cooling system. This time using old refrigerator parts and wooden pallets. Electrical Contractors 

“This is the perfect way to re-use your broken refrigerator and even if you don’t have one they are easy to find. Perfect for those who entertain or just enjoy being outdoors in the warmer weather. You can use your free pallet wood finds or use new wood if desired. You will be a hit with this fantastic useful backyard cooler project. If you want to use a mini fridge you can make a smaller more portable version of this wonderful cooler.”

Watch the video tutorial here.

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If all else fails and you will not have access to a working refrigerator, as well as electricity, Spirit Science gave tips on how to store your food and prolong its shelf life.

Nestled Pot Fridge.  By nestling a terra-cotta pot inside of a slightly larger pot, and filling the space between them with wet sand, you can effectively create a DIY, no electricity refrigerator.  The wet sand has a cooling effect on the inner pot, studies have shown the space inside the smaller pot to maintain around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Read the seven other DIY Tips here.

Have you ever thought of what you would do if your refrigerator stopped working?

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