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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.

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TV Buying Guide, Super Bowl 2020 Edition: Best Smart TVs for Sports

It’s playoff season, and as the biggest sporting event of the year approaches, pro football fans watch with baited breath to find out who will be contending for the Lombardi Trophy.  Of course, true fans want to watch the playoffs – and Super Bowl, of course – with tip-top picture and sound. It should come as no surprise, then, that TV sales skyrocket ahead of the big game. And while the sales are big, the competition to get the best TV to watch the Super Bowl on is fierce.

The Best New Washing Machines of 2020

If you were under the impression that the cutting-edge innovation powering today’s smart homes has skipped over the laundry room, you might want to check out our list of best new washers of 2020. 

Holiday Lights: Cost to Install and How to Put Them Up Yourself

  Holiday lights look great and can go a long way towards warming up a cold winter evening. But if the number of homes still sporting unlit displays well into February are any indication, hanging Christmas lights (and taking them down!) is more time-consuming than it looks.  If you want to get yourself a little gift this holiday season, you may consider having a professional install Christmas lights for you. It can cost nominally more than hanging them yourself, but then you don’t have to spend hours standing on a ladder in the freezing cold, either. Whichever way you choose to go, we make it easier than ever to install Christmas lights with our professional pricing and DIY installation guide, after the jump.

The Best TV Mounting Brackets for Black Friday TV Purchases

It’s that time of year again. You’d be surprised just how many great TV deals are going on this Black Friday, and, of course, when you get that brand new TV set, you’re going to want to mount it on the wall.

The Best Black Friday TV Deals of 2019

If you like brisk walks through piles of crunchy leaves, and if pumpkin spice lattes are your thing, then Autumn might be your favorite season of the year. 

My Refrigerator Was Transported on its Side: Can I Turn it On Safely?

One question we’re frequently asked is whether moving a fridge lying down can cause problems when you try to turn it back on. Our answer is that moving a fridge takes a lot longer if you’re lying down! Jokes aside, it can, in fact, be problematic to transport a refrigerator on its side for a number of reasons. 

Top Tips for Longer-Lasting Appliances

There are some joys that only a homeowner will know (mowing a few extra inches of your neighbor’s lawn, leaving your Christmas lights up through April), but at the end of the day, nothing beats the sense of independence and pride that comes with buying your slice of the American dream. 

How to Easily Replace or Install a New Light Fixture

If you’re in the dark about how to install a light fixture, set your worries aside—you can learn how to tackle this simple project in a flash, using just a few household tools. As long as there is the wiring in place from a pre-existing fixture, you don’t need a degree in engineering to install a new one. Just follow our simple step-by-step guide to light fixture illumination. 

How to Hide TV Wires and Cords

The way we feel about TV cords is a little like the way we used to feel about prom chaperones – we know they’ve got to hang around, but we’d really prefer not to see them. Fortunately, when it comes to cable concealment, we’ve actually got a choice in the matter. 

How to Pressure Wash a House - Without Destroying Your Paint Job

It might be tempting to just slap a couple of coats of paint on your home’s exterior and call it a day. But, like rolling off the couch and grabbing a stone cold slice of pizza from the box sitting out all night on the coffee table, there are some shortcuts we just don’t take anymore. 

Is Your Washing Machine Making a Weird Noise? Here’s What to Do

Trust us, you don’t want to wait until suds are spilling across your laundry room floor – if you hear your washing machine making noise (at least, noise it’s not supposed to be making), it’s time to get proactive. 

5 Carpet Care Tips That Can Double Your Carpet's Lifespan

Most carpet care experts estimate a carpet’s lifespan at around three to five years – and even less if you’ve got high foot traffic or pets. Since that’s a relatively short amount of time, we’ve put together a few carpet care tips that can help keep your carpet around longer. 

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. 

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