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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 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.

Best Samsung Smart TVs of 2019

Whether or not you’ve been following the latest developments when it comes to Samsung smart TVs, you may have heard of Samsung’s latest creation, The Wall, which they’ve announced they’ll be scaling down to a mere 75” come 2019 for home viewers.

How Far Should You Sit from Your TV?

For those of you old enough to have enjoyed Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, you may remember the classic image of little Lucky sitting with his nose practically glued to the TV screen. Unfortunately, it turns out, this means that Lucky wasn’t viewing his favorite shows in optimal angular resolution (in addition to his natural inability to access the full color spectrum).

Full Motion vs. Tilted vs. Fixed TV Mounts: Which Is Best?

Not only does mounting your TV on the wall save space, it also looks great – a wall-mounted TV lends a sleek and minimalistic look to your space that complements any room’s décor.

What is the Correct Height to Mount Your TV?

We get asked this question a lot – usually by people concerned about viewing angles and getting the optimal picture out of their television. Unless your screen is picking up some pretty intense glare, though, we recommend that when deciding how high to mount a TV, you take comfort into account first.

How to Choose the Right Size TV Mount

We’re all familiar with the old saying, “What goes up must come down,” but when it comes to mounting a TV to your wall, you want to make sure that your expensive new set doesn’t come down until you want it to.

What Size TV Should I Buy? Our In-Depth Guide

Sure, if your only goal is to outdo your showboat of a neighbor (who drives around in a convertible in December, anyway?!), then you probably don’t need a TV size guide – though you might need to build a bigger wall to hang your TV on.

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