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Protecting Ungrounded Outlets | Ask This Old House Podcast Ep. 6

Electrical wiring can be tricky in old houses. In this episode, Master Electrician Heath Eastman discusses the reasons why outlets in an older home aren’t showing that they are grounded, with some even showing reverse polarity. Share this story Share All sharing options for: Protecting Ungrounded Outlets | Ask This Old House Podcast Ep. 6 https://www.thisoldhouse.com/21540166/protecting-ungrounded-outlets-ask-this-old-house-podcast-ep-6


5 Insider Secrets to Using a Paint Roller

My boyfriend works as a professional art handler, which sometimes involves painting museum walls to seamless perfection. When I decided to paint a wardrobe for our apartment last month, he kindly let me flail away with a roller for a few hours (doing it my way) before he politely asked if he could give me a few pointers. Who knew there was so much technique involved? Here are a few tricks to try next time you’re using a paint roller. Above: Photograph by Leslie Santarina for Gardenista, from Curb Appeal: A Paint Makeover for a Stucco House, California Edition. 1. Get double use…


Using a Blower Door for Zonal-Pressure Testing 

By now, most of us working in the green-building industry know what a blower door is. It’s a tool to measure the air tightness of a house. I’ve owned my Minneapolis Blower Door since 2009. Many states have adopted mandatory tightness testing on all new construction. In my area—Grand Rapids, Minn.—the minimum is three air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (3ACH50), most new homes I test are around 2ACH50. Test results for existing homes vary widely. Some would pass today’s requirements, while others I have tested were as high as 20ACH50. Finding air leaks in these older homes can…


Kitchen of the Week: Life Imitates Art in a Swedish Painter’s New Kitchen

Swedish painter Emma Bernhard‘s kitchen is much like her art: minimalist, bold, honest, with a fondness for black. Known for her large-scale works featuring evocative black brush strokes, Emma collaborated with Nordiska Kök to design the space, choosing the firm’s streamlined Valchromat cabinets for a sleek look that offsets the natural warmth of the home’s pine plywood walls. The company notes another similarity between Emma’s kitchen, which is composed of three parts (a row of tall cabinets, a row of lower cabinets, plus an island), and her artwork: “This combination of three bodies can perhaps be drawn as a parallel…


Best Homeowners Insurance in Pennsylvania 2020

In exchange for a monthly premium, you can get insurance protection for your home and the belongings inside. In this guide, we explain the ins and outs of home insurance and discuss the three best homeowners insurance companies in the Keystone State. To get free quotes from providers in your area, call 855-948-5219 or enter your zip code in the tool below: Pennsylvania’s Top 3 Home Insurance Companies The highest-rated home insurance companies in Pennsylvania include: Amica Lemonade Allstate To determine which home insurance companies to recommend to Pennsylvania homeowners, we looked at national companies and their coverage options, customer…


Best Homeowners Insurance in North Carolina 2020

A standard homeowners insurance policy includes coverage for dwelling, other structures, personal property, loss of use, liability, and medical payments to others. With a top home insurance company, you’ll have peace of mind that you won’t have to cover the cost of damages on your own. Keep reading to learn our recommendations for the best homeowners insurance policies in North Carolina. To get free quotes from providers in your area, call 855-948-5219 or input your zip code in the tool below: Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in North Carolina We rated North Carolina insurance providers based on coverage, cost, discounts, endorsements,…

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