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HVAC Duct Problems

I recently had a HVAC duct problem at one of my rental properties. My tenant called and said the AC did not work. Over the years, I have developed a plan of action where I first make contact with the occupant before sending out a service repair person. Most of the time, I find the […]

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This is the section where Dave talks about HVAC units, including ducts, motors, filters, duct fans, and air flow gauges. If you do not see your problem here, do not hesitate to contact us. If Dave knows the answer, he will share it with you. HVAC Duct Problems: Here is what Dave did when a […]

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How A Computer Works Analogy

I work in a retail environment and sell computers and software for a living. While trying to help my customers relate to how a computer works, I came up with this analogy. When you walk into your office and sit down at your desk, it is like turning your computer on. You are like the […]

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Home Satellite Radio Installation

Adding a home satellite radio receiver to your home office is easy. Here is how we did it. There are so few good radio stations in our area that we added satellite receivers to cars for a bigger variety. There is a monthly fee for the service, but it is worth the money. Shortly after […]

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Our Home Office Furniture Construction

he desks in the first two pictures are not quite finished. Whatever home office furniture you design, make sure it will support the items you want to place on it. I’m talking about the desktops and/or countertops – NOT the chairs. Build the furniture to support more weight than you anticipate by at least 20%. […]

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Data Cable Installations in a Home Office

Do it yourself data cable installations in your office is labor intensive. The tradeoffs are that your data will be 100% secure and you will have fast speeds. At the time this article is being written, 100 mega bits per second (mbps) is the most common speed and its cost is very reasonable. Hard wired […]

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The HVAC Unit

Our original HVAC unit used electricity for cooling and natural gas for heating. For several years, our electric and gas bills had become simply outrageous. Especially our gas bill even though we were keeping the house warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than we normally would. Also, from time to time during […]

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Lawn Sprinkler System – Is Mine In-Ground?

Question: How can you tell if you have an in-ground lawn sprinkler system? I recently purchased a house with a sprinkler system. The front and side yards all have pop-up sprinkler heads, but the back yard doesn’t have any. The control board for the system says there are 4 zones, but the 4th zone doesn’t […]

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The Right Wood Fence

The most common wood fence, at least in the middle Tennessee area, is the 6 ft. high dog-eared picket pressure treated wood fence. This fence is very easy to build and gives you privacy. Pick the fence you are looking for by picking the specific design to satisfy your needs. Do you want a dog-eared […]

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