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close up shot of a fire extinguisher laying on a coffee table. .
Have you ever wondered how a fire extinguisher works? How exactly does the chemical inside the container put out a fire? Find out why one particular chemical works so well on three different types of fires. To start, it’s important to understand that there are three things fires need: fuel, heat and oxygen, according to…
woman with orange rubber gloves wiping down a kitchen counter.
There are a lot of chemicals in your home that shouldn’t be mixed — and one of the most dangerous pairings is bleach and vinegar, warns Kate Biberdorf, Ph.D., a chemistry lecturer and director of demonstrations and outreach for The University of Texas at Austin. What exactly happens when you mix these two liquids, and…
man clearing off snow from driveway.
For many parts of the country, winter means snow. It’s beautiful to look at and kids often like to play in it, but it also usually requires shoveling. Snow blowers can help with some of the work, but sometimes you’ll still need a shovel, says Consumer Reports. But shoveling is not safe for everyone. While some…
woman at coffee shop reading a tablet.
Being a landlord comes with many benefits, especially when you have responsible tenants. It is ideal to lease to someone who consistently pays rent on time, takes care of the property and follows the rules of the lease. But, how do you find this person? While traditional advertising methods, such as placing an ad in…
older couple walking up to a home with a for rent sign outside.
Many people dream of the day when they can leave the workplace for good and devote their time to family, a little rest and relaxation or their favorite hobby. In fact, according to Transamerica Center’s Annual Retirement Survey, 77 percent of workers in 2016 are actively saving for retirement, either through their employee benefits or…
snow shoveling steps.
Winter is here, which means for some renters the return of snow and ice. And while renters might assume that the landlord is responsible for shoveling snow and other winter weather maintenance, that’s not necessarily true. As a renter, the responsibility for snow removal varies depending on your location and the agreement you’ve entered into…
space heater on a wooden floor.
Winter is here and you’ve probably braved your apartment building’s storage area to pull out your heaviest sweaters, space heater and thick winter comforter. But while you are focused on staying warm, don’t lose your focus on being safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of home fires between 2009 to…
two apartment buildings.
Imagine you moved into your first apartment after college, and you were thrilled about finally having your own place. What you didn’t count on was the family of mice that would also make a home in your cozy space. Despite living with rodent roommates for more than six months, your landlord didn’t seem to care…
young couple packing up belongings into boxes.
Once you’ve made the decision to move, there is one important step lying between you and your new pad: packing. You might feel a little overwhelmed just thinking about all of the things you’ve accumulated and must now put into boxes and move to another apartment. And while there is not much you can do…
woman in blue paid standing in an empty apartment.
You’ve found a great apartment in your price range and are ready to move in. But before you pack your bags and boxes and load up the moving truck, you’ll want to do an apartment walkthrough. Essentially, it’s like running through a home safety checklist; you walk through the apartment with your landlord or rental…