Jared Harley
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How can I get rid of ants in an environmently friendly way?
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Ant Control on Simple Pest Control has a huge list of ant control techniques (even mentioning your boiling water idea, which I'd never heard of - I'll have to try that!). It includes a lot about ...

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What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own?
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Fire extingusher http://a.imageshack.us/img291/47/firekz.jpg I have something similar to this Kiddie Single-use from Home Depot because of its ABC rating: Suitable for use on Class A (trash, wood, &...

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How can I have a pond but prevent mosquitos from nesting there?
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You may want to take a look at Mosquito Dunks: Kills mosquito larvae for 30 days! Mosquito Dunks have been used by professionals for more than a decade and have proven their value in destroying ...

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How do I add an exhaust fan to an old attic?
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9 votes

There are solar-powered gable fans - an Air Vent-brand fan can be picked up at Lowe's for just over $200: The solar panel is on a cord, so it can be installed in the most sunny area while the fan ...

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Is there a wall outlet power meter that I can interface with from a computer?
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If you're willing to do a little modification, you can use a Kill-A-Watt and hook it up to your computer. Adafruit has a "Tweet-a-Watt" project that interfaces with a Kill-A-Watt and wirelessly sends ...

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What's the right name of the things that mount a frameless mirror to the wall through the mirror?
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What you're looking for is called a "stand-off". From mirrorsupports.net: For simple, standoffs, without the need to drill holes in the mirror, choose from the following framepegs or edgegrips. For ...

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How can I clean out my gutters while still on the ground?
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You may want to look at something like the Gutter Cleaning Wand: You don't need to hire a professional to clean out your clogged rain gutters. Attach the Gutter Cleaner Wand to any standard garden ...

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What's the best way to protect myself from a rental house?
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Renter's Insurance. Just about every major company provides it (including State Farm, All State, Progressive, GEICO, etc). It's worth it.

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What's the best way to install a pet door in an exterior wall?
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I would go with an in-wall installation - since you live in Fargo, you're likely to want the extra insulation it can provide. PetCo carries the Perfect Pet All Weather Series Insulated Pet Door and ...

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The pilot light won't ignite on my boiler -- what I should check?
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I've never had a boiler, so I'm not sure if this will help, but my furnace's pilot light kept shutting off after it tried to start up. I ended up having to clean the flame sensor, which is a metal bar ...

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Good low cost tools for woodwork
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My absolute favorite power drill I've bought is a Ryobi 12V cordless. They don't make the same model I have now, but the current "One+" series takes both the old 12V batteries that I have, and the ...

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What type of tile should I install in a bath/shower surround?
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I actually just finished this very project myself, and it was my first time too. I followed this guide from This Old House on how to tile around a tub, as well as watched a few videos on YouTube. We ...

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What are some at-home options for pest control?
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My first question is "What kind of bugs?" We have never had a pest control person at our house, and we deal with beetles, ants, wasps (evil, evil wasps), flies, spiders, etc. and we've never had a ...

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Why is my Lennox g40uh series furnace not turning on?
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I have this same furnace, but the attic version. Ours started acting up sporadically - the thermostat would click, the furnace would power on (start the first blower), it would light the pilot light ...

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What is the best way to remove popcorn from the ceiling?
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I had a co-worker who removed his popcorn ceilings by sanding them down (I'm not sure if it was a drywall sander or just a big sander) and then repainting them. He didn't get them entirely smooth, so ...

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