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Jake S.

Jake S.

Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

Recent Posts:

What Are the Best Single Stud TV Mounts on the Market?

Most TV wall mounts that you’ll find on the market are dual stud mounts, meaning they are designed to connect with two separate studs in the wall. They use a horizontal bracket to reach a stud on each side, with about 16 inches being the standard between studs. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets? We Tell All.

If not cleaned properly, your carpet can contain four thousand times more germs than a toilet seat. Yes, that’s definitely cause for concern. 

How to Install a New Dishwasher

Believe it or not, if you install a new dishwasher, you’ll actually waste less water than washing dishes by hand. That’s good for the earth and for your wallet. According to CNET, buying a new dishwasher model can save you money, even after factoring in the added electricity use. 

Our Guide To Household Mold (And How To Get Rid Of It)

This blog post is part of our home maintenance for first time homeowners series. Read the previous post on plumbing tips for more helpful information! 

My Dryer Vent is Clogged. What Do I Do?

Lint traps tend to get the lion’s share of attention around the laundry room, and with good reason—a full lint trap can prevent your laundry from drying quickly and poses a fire hazard. While it’s easy to forget the humble dryer vent which sits in the back—out of sight, out of mind—it’s actually just as important, if not more so, to keep that dryer vent clear and free. 

How Much an iPhone Screen Repair Will Cost You

We’re not going to pretend that shattering your iPhone screen is any fun (and if we did, would you believe us anyway?). It can be a costly and time-consuming ordeal, especially if you’re going into it without prior knowledge of what you’ll be dealing with. 

iPhone Stuck on Apple Logo? Here’s How to Restart It

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve got a device with a flashing Apple logo sitting in the palm of your hand right now. First things first: relax – we’ve got your back. 

65 Inch TV Wall Mounts: Everything You Need to Know

Regardless of what your friends and family might say, if you think you need a 65 inch television to re-watch Downton Abbey for the third time, then by golly, that’s what you need. 

iPhone Unresponsive? Here’s How to Fix It

Unlike that person you messaged on a dating app, if your iPhone won’t respond to you, there’s something you can do about it. Whether you’ve got a black screen, an app is frozen, or the thing simply won’t turn on, there are a number of causes that could make an iPhone unresponsive – and a number of ways to fix it. 

How to Reset an iPhone Without a Passcode (and Computer)

One good thing about owning an iPhone is that you can be sure that your data is very secure, as long as you have a passcode in place. If someone gets ahold of your phone, they can theoretically make use of it, but only after all the data has been deleted—which means the photos of you doing that silly pose in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa will never be seen by the public eye (it’s better that way, really). 

How to Install a Ceiling Fan: a DIY Guide So Simple, Anyone Can Do It

Get ready to be blown away by science: ceiling fans are cheaper to run and are significantly more energy efficient than air conditioning.

Rug Cleaning, Uncovered: Our Comprehensive Guide to Sparkling Carpets

Whether you own a home or just want the deposit back when your rental contract is up, pretty much everyone can agree that it’s a good idea to invest a little bit in your carpets every now and again. That’s why Americans spend $5 billion a year on carpet cleaning. After all, carpet stains can’t be swept under the rug – literally or metaphorically. 

Same Day TV Mounting: What are Your Options?

Autumn is nearly here, and with fans gearing up for 2019’s sports season as well as the impending lineup of fresh television shows, it’s prime time for TV mounting. It’s not unreasonable to want that spanking new 4K ultra-HD set up on your wall on time to catch the big game or the newest episode of your favorite show – the stellar display and endless smart capabilities make for a better viewing experience than ever before. 

Furniture Assembly Services: Which is Right for You?

Furniture assembly for IKEA products is such a nightmare that it’s become something of a running joke these days. Some people even blame IKEA for ending their relationships—and while we suspect they may have had their problems to begin with, a little part of us can’t help but wonder whether a company that puts out products with names like PÖANG and EKTORP might not have a bit of a sadistic streak.

All Your Smartphone Troubles, Resolved

There’s a good reason why the Notorious B.I.G.’s lyric didn’t go, “More smartphones, more problems” (besides the fact that smartphones hadn’t been invented in 1996). On the whole, it’s pretty clear that smartphones are a net gain—they help you do anything from navigate a city, to control your smart home, to find a person to fix a broken refrigerator. Believe it or not, you can even make a phone call on one.  

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