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Fix-It Chick: Replace an electric oven element

The Fix It Chick articles are limited to 400 words and are often written more as an outline of a project, rather than an in-depth instruction manual. Sometimes the articles are developed with an underlying intention of discouraging laymen from taking on complicated home repairs, by presumably shining a light on the project's complexities. Whenever possible, it is noted that manufacturer directions should always be followed when attempting any project, big or small. That being said, oven and stove elements are sold at the retail level because the manufacturers feel they are relatively simple to replace. I concur with them, noting of course that no one should attempt a project if they are not comfortable with the process. Thank you for reading the article. I appreciate your comments.

August 15, 2016 at 2:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Solder electrical connections

Thank you Fred! You are completely correct - Soldering irons should never be left unattended and should only be plugged in when in use. Thank you for taking the time to write!

December 21, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Spray paint a wall to add texture

Pretty sure using spray paint is not a good way to texture walls... on the other hand, using a spray texture gun and hopper filled with thinned joint compound is a great way to texture walls... just like the article says.

August 14, 2015 at 8:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Merc, 715 and Merchants Pub chefs to face off at Douglas County Fair

This year's Chefs Challenge at the County Fair is going to be awesome! Except the Chef's Challenge is on FRIDAY, August 2 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

July 31, 2013 at 9:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: How to make lime mortar

Yes, you are correct, by adding water to hydrated lime you are re-hydrating it. It would have been better if I used the word "re-hydrating" rather than "cooking." I selected the word "cooking" thinking it would add less authority to the article, as there are so many other factors I could not possibly have covered in 400 words or less. With hydrated lime there is not a true exothermic reaction, but the absorption of water does create the illusion of one. Using quicklime rather than hydrated lime would be dangerous and could cause an explosion.

July 2, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: How to get rid of voles

Voles can be relocated to any undeveloped outdoor area where they are less likely to do damage, preferably a half mile or more away from neighboring homes and gardens.

April 29, 2013 at 11:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Install a furnace filter

It turns out 3M brand filters use MPR instead of MERV to rate their filters... so keep in mind, 600 MPR is equal to 7 MERV, 1000 MPR is equal to 11 MERV and 1500 MPR is equal to 12 MERV.

February 25, 2013 at 9:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Shower water filter can help improve skin, hair

Shower filters are installed on the shower arm and are designed to filter both hot and cold water. According to manufacturers and shower water filter proponents, filtering hot water in the shower is even more important than filtering cold water in the shower, because we inhale the steam from the hot water, there in exposing ourselves to more of the harmful chlorides and particles found in most water supplies. Whole house filters are installed on the cold water line, before the cold water enters the hot water heater, so water is filtered before it is heated. Under the sink filters are typically designed to be installed on the cold water line. with the assumption being that you are drinking the cold water and either washing dishes or cooking with the hot water. Boiling water serves as a natural water filter, but does not remove the chlorides and other harsh particles found in most water sources. Chances are your plumber was referring to a typical under the sink water filter, rather than a whole house or shower filter. General census use to be that only the cold water needed to be filtered because that was what we were drinking. More recent developments have steered consumers in a new direction, suggesting it is best to filter as much water as possible. Rest assured, shower filters can and do filter hot water, so there is no need to take only cold showers once you have installed one.

January 16, 2012 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Talking about caulking

Thanks for the additional tips Roadwarrior! It is hard to squeeze all the necessary information into a mere 400 words or less!

November 21, 2011 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Just a reminder... Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market will be held at the County Fairgrounds this week - Thursday, August 4, 2011...... It will return to the Cottin's Hardware parking lot next Thursday, August 11. Come see us at the County Fair, Thursday, August 4 from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm!!!!!

August 2, 2011 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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