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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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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. 

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. 

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