House & Home

This page contains links to all of our articles about getting things done around the house, both inside and out. This includes simple plumbing and electrical repairs, lawn care and gardening tips, fixing your power equipment, preventing bug infestations, random maintenance tips, and much more.

New Project – Our Home Building Blog

by Michael on June 26, 2015 · 2 comments

We’re in the process of building a new house. We built once before, but that was a semi-custom job that was done by a corporate builder. This time around, it will be much more customized and personalized. We’re not using a cookie-cutter builder, and we’re not building in a cookie-cutter subdivision. If you’re curious, I’ve started a home building blog where I’m detailing our progress and writing about a variety of related topics. Once the house is complete, the site will live on. At that point, however, the subject matter will likely shift to after-the-fact customizations, maintenance, and more. Stop […]

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There’s a Critter in Our Attic

by Michael on February 9, 2013 · 0 comments

A few months ago, we heard some scrambling and scratching in attic above our bedroom. It went away for awhile and we promptly forgot about it, but last night and this morning it was back, scrambling and scratching around.

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LG Washer: UE Error Code

by Michael on January 2, 2013 · 0 comments

After eleven months of uneventful operation, we just had another error code on our LG Tromm front-loading washer. We previously had an OE error code and a tE error code. This time, it was a UE error code.

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How to Re-Light a Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

by Michael on December 16, 2012 · 1 comment

‘Tis the season… To be frustrated by Christmas lights. We have a rather nice Christmas tree that is (or was) pre-lit with colored LED lights. But this year when we set it up, there was a section that wouldn’t light up.

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Today I discovered that the latch on the door from our house into the garage wouldn’t retract (spring back) when it hit the strike plate. When I swung it shut, the latch banged off the strike plate. Thus, I had to turn the knob to close the door.

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CR2025 vs. CR2032: What’s the Difference?

by Michael on September 19, 2012 · 19 comments

I recently needed to change the batteries in our garage door opener remotes. While at the store, I guessed (correctly) based on memory and appearance that I needed a CR2032 coin-style battery. The alternative was the similar-looking CR2025.

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Our Geek Squad Appliance Repair (Review)

by Michael on February 15, 2012 · 0 comments

Talk about annoying. About two weeks ago, our LG washer started giving a tE error code and refusing to complete the current cycle. After realizing that this was due to a problem with the thermistor, we decided to call in a professional to fix it.

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LG Washer: OE Error Code

by Michael on February 8, 2012 · 0 comments

When it rains it pours… This morning, our LG Tromm front-loading washer issued another series of beeps indicating an error. This time, however, it wasn’t the tE error code that we’ve grown accustomed to. Instead, it was an OE error code.

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