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  • Critical Temperatures for Household Appliances

    There are a number of appliances around the house that have user or trade adjustable temperatures and it is not always simple to get them right.Hot Water HeatersMost Hot Water heaters for domestic hot water are factory set to 66deg C. ( 150F ). This is actually hot enough to scald someone so legi...
  • Surviving a Fire -- Special Report

    On the TV show we had a special report on the subject of getting your house and your family ready to survive a fire. Here are a couple of the important details.Most important is to have operational smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area. On an average you only have 90 seconds from the time...
  • The perfect Christmas tree stand

    Christmas trees can present safety problems both by drying out too quickly and by falling over.Take a saw and make a fresh cut on the bottom just before installing the tree, just like cutting the bottom of flowers to let water in. Your tree stand should hold water or the new "water crystals", wh...
  • WHAT FIRE PROTECTION IS REQUIRED FOR INSULATION?

    Although many insulating materials are fire resistant, most of the plastic-type foam products, be they injected as foam or installed in rigid sheets are flammable and must be covered with fire protective materials when they are inside the house exposed to a living space. 12 mm (1/2 in.) drywall ...
  • The ABC's of Fire Extinguishers

    Jeff Dale from Toronto's Classic Fire Protection service came in to talk about fire extinguishers.Research has shown that one reason people do not have fire extinguishers, or that they don't put them out on the wall where they should be, is that they find that big red can ugly. So something i...
  • Protecting the wall behind a wood stove.

    Melissa sent in an e-mail worrying about the fact that the paint on the wall behind her wood burning fireplace is so hot that it is bubbling.That is too hot. Check the manufacturer's instructions if you have them -- each appliance has specified distances from combustible surfaces. Yours is ...
  • Sparks flying out of the circuit breaker

    I live in a basement suite and our lights and electrical outlets on one side of the suite blink and stutter a lot. We did have a flood thru the bathroom fan about 7 - 8 months ago and ever since that we have had the problem. The other thing we have noticed is when everything is blinking and s...
  • Legality of DIY electrical and plumbing work

    NEW CONSTRUCTION In the interests of health and safety a number of trades are controlled by law, most particularly plumbing and electricity. The degree to which plumbing and electrical work are actually regulated varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For instance almost all work performed in...
  • Improving a wood chimney to stop backdrafting

      Rick from New Brunswick is having problems with his wood stove backdrafting and he wants to know if it will help to box in the chimney on the outside of the house. Backdrafting or difficult starting with wood burning appliances is often a problem and there are several entries in this database ...
  • Soap and static sheets could destroy your clothes dryer.

    It's all about maintenance and one of our viewers had half of a very interesting story. Burnice writes: "I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out of my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!??? The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer and pulled out t...