WOMEN'S GUIDE TO HOME MAINTENANCE

DECEMBER 2001

Our page offers you helpful hints, ideas and do-it-yourself projects, which we hope will be time and money saving. We invite all those handywomen (and men) to enjoy our page and respond with questions or comments.

 

For past projects please see: http://www.reocities.com/PicketFence/6250/tableofcontents.html

MOUSE CLEANING: Before you throw out that pesky mouse, try cleaning it for better performance. Turn off your computer and check the bottom of the mouse. You'll see a little ball encased in a removable sleeve. Turn or press off the sleeve in the direction of the arrows and release the ball. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and clean the 2 or 3 small rollers on the inside of the cavity. Replace the ball and sleeve. You can get more directions and info about keyboard cleaning at the following site: http://www.wheeler.k12.hi.us/computercare/mouse.html

 

ANTIFREEZE CHECK: With winter approaching, be sure to check your car's antifreeze level. Under the hood, you'll find a plastic container filled with pink or greenish-blue fluid. (Don't confuse this container with your windshield washer fluid which is in a similar container. Generally washer fluid is blue.) Your antifreeze level will read "Full Cold" or "Full Hot", this refers to the temperature of the engine not the outside weather temperature. (But you already knew that) The best time to check your antifreeze level is in the morning before using your car so the engine will be cold. If at that time the level of fluid is below the "Cold Full" line then you should add antifreeze. To do this, add a mixture of half water and half antifreeze to your car. Do remember to cut the antifreeze with water. All these directions are on the antifreeze bottle so refer to that. Check your auto owner's manual to determine the type of antifreeze to use in your car. The newer GM cars recommend a DEXtm fluid, which is pink in color. Be careful with antifreeze, as it is very toxic.

FORCED--AIR DUCT CLEANLINESS: If you have Forced-Air heating system with duct work running through out the house, you can easily check the amount of dust in those ducts by removing an intake grill cover. Locate the intake grill (that's the one that doesn't have an open and close lever on it) and remove the cover. If your cover has been painted, lightly cut around the outside edge of the metal cover to prevent pulling the paint off the wall. Remove the screws and set aside the metal cover. (This is a good time to wash the grill in warm soapy water.) Take a 4-5 foot piece of garden hose or other strong but flexible tubing and securely tape a rag to the end of it. The rag must be securely attached so that it does not come loose in the vent work. Have your vacuum and a dust mask ready. Stuff the hose into the duct vent and work it as far as it will go. Pull the hose back out and shake out the rag and vacuum up the accumulated dust from the vent. You can actually put the brush attachment on your vacuum hose and Repeat process if necessary. You can now replace the grillwork and proceed to the next intake vent. If you have not had your duct work professionally cleaned in a few years, you might contact a contractor and have the whole house done.

In keeping with this season we would like to share some special sites with you that we hope will make your holidays more enjoyable.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: This site features articles about decorating, entertaining, recipes, gifts and crafts.

http://www.victoriana.com/holiday/xmas.html

 

CARE AND SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS TREES: How to choose the best tree, care for it in your home, and how to dispose of it.

http://www.bugwood.caes.uga.edu/christmas/html/select.html

 

Women's Guide to Home Maintenance NOVEMBER 1998 issue.

 

 

 

 

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