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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:

How to Fix an Oven or Stove (Step by Step Guide)

The fact is, some appliances are simpler to fix than others. Oven repair does tend to fall on the trickier side of the spectrum – which is understandable, because you’re dealing with components such as gas lines and electric heating elements designed to get searing hot.

How to Fix a Refrigerator That’s Leaking

A leaky fridge is never a welcome sight – and with all the potential causes for that water puddling beneath it, you could spend the better part of an afternoon just trying to figure out just why the refrigerator is leaking.  

Dryer Repair Cost: How Much Should I Pay for Dryer Repair?

If your clothes aren’t coming out completely dry at the end of a laundry cycle, there’s no need to let it dampen your spirit. Still, it can be daunting to deal with a technician if you’re not sure how much it should cost for dryer repair – after all, not knowing what you’re getting yourself into can make your head spin.

How to Fix a Dryer (Our Step by Step Guide)

Do-it-yourself projects can be fun, economical, and environmentally friendly – as well as provide a sense of satisfaction at a job well done. But sometimes it can be intimidating when you’re first dipping your toes into a new field.

How to Figure Out What’s Wrong with Your Dryer

Having a broken dryer can be a real wet blanket (yes, pun intended) – but if you’re of a DIY mindset, it can take a load off if you’re able to figure out what’s wrong with your dryer on your own. Fortunately, we’re here to help you isolate and solve many common problems with our dryer troubleshooting guide, so you’re not left feeling high and dry.

How Much Does it Cost for Washing Machine Repair?

With washing machine prices rising this year – USA Today says prices likely went up by 10% in 2018, bumping the average washing machine price from $900 to almost $1,000 – it would almost seem like a no-brainer to fix a broken washing machine, rather than replace it altogether.

How to Repair a Washing Machine that isn’t Cleaning Clothes

If your washing machine isn’t cleaning clothes the way it used to, you don’t have to walk around with stains on your shirt or drop piles of cash on a dry cleaning service.

Garage Opener Replacement: How to Fix Your Garage Door Opener

Your garage door opener is a pretty sturdy contraption, and can last a good ten to fifteen years or longer if maintained properly. For that reason, depending on the age of your machine, it’s usually the more economical choice to fix your garage door opener if you can – especially since garage opener replacement parts can cost significantly less than a whole new opener.

What Style TV Mount Should I Use? (And Why)

As experts in the TV mounting field, folks often come to us with questions – and we’re always happy to answer them. By far, one of the most common questions we get is, “What kind of TV mount should I buy?”

Garage Door Parts: Understanding the Different Parts of a Garage Door

When your garage door is running smoothly, it can seem like the simplest thing in the world. You press a button and the door opens, you press it again and the door closes - easy as pie.

How to Replace Garage Door Torsion Springs

Note: This post is for informational purposes only. Garage door torsion springs can be very dangerous if not handled properly. We recommend you hire a trained professional to repair your garage door springs.

How to Fix a Garage Door that Won’t Open

It can be pretty frustrating if your garage door won’t open and you’re trying to get your car in off the street, or out onto the open road. After all, your garage door basically has one job – to open and close (okay, that’s two jobs if you want to split hairs).

What Type of Garage Door Springs Do You Have?

Garage door springs, like anything else, eventually get worn out after a number of opening and closing cycles, and need to be replaced periodically. If you see signs of wear – loose, sagging springs, gaps between coils, or even a complete break between sections of a spring – it’s time to swap them out for a new set.

How to Diagnose a Garage Door Issue on Your Own

Because a garage door opener is a complicated creature, there’s a lot that can possibly go wrong. Not only are there many different types of garage doors and garage door openers, but these are actually very complicated devices. Despite its name, your garage door opener is actually a series of different systems connected together. Fortunately, much of the time these fixes can be performed yourself, if you’ve got the right tools and are comfortable getting up on a ladder. But there are some cases where it's much safer and wiser to call a professional. 

How to Repair a Garage Door When It Won’t Close

Nothing is quite as frustrating as when a garage door won’t close – from driving up your heating bill in the winter, to leaving your property vulnerable to theft and damage, a garage door that won’t shut is simply bad news.

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