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Jamie B.

Jamie B.

Jamie Birdwell-Branson is a professional writer whose work has appeared on nationally-recognized sites, including Elle Decor, Zillow, BobVila.com, InStyle and others. She has been a Puls staff writer since 2018. When she's not writing for Puls she is either setting up Google alerts for flights to Europe, antiquing, or attempting to fix things in her 1940s Colonial-style house.

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Ring Camera Installation: How to Tell if it’s Installed Properly

The Ring Video Doorbell is not only a pretty nifty device (especially if you’re like us and you can’t get enough gadgets), but it also makes us feel more safe and secure at home or when we’re away from our home. But like any other piece of equipment or technology that you add to your home, the Ring Video Doorbell can be tricky to install, and if it was done incorrectly then it won’t work—meaning that you won’t be able to properly use it for security (and let’s face it, to see if any neighborhood feral cats come to your door). 

Refrigerator Not Cooling Samsung Repair Options

Your fridge’s primary job is to keep all of your food safe, cold, and available for you to enjoy throughout the day. So, when your Samsung refrigerator suddenly stops cooling and all of the food in your fridge is at risk of spoiling, your first move is to figure out how to fix the problem (well, maybe after you finish off the leftovers and the ice cream before it melts).

Frigidaire Repair Near Me: What Are the Best Options?

Appliances make our lives easy. We no longer have to worry about washing dishes by hand, hanging out the clothes to dry, or heating up the fire to cook a meal—it’s all done and ready for us with the click of a button or a flip of a switch.

How to Mount a TV on Drywall: A Step-by-Step Guide

There aren’t many things more exciting than unpackaging that fresh new flat screen out of the box—except when you realize that you have the responsibility of hanging it up on the wall. Although having a flat screen hung on the wall is a great space saver and looks much sleeker than those boxy and outdated TV stands and cabinets, they can be tricky to hang up correctly.

Dishwasher Not Cleaning Properly? Here’s What to Do

What did we ever do before the dishwasher? Dinner is much less daunting with the knowledge that you won’t have to stand over the sink hand scrubbing dishes for an hour after you’re done eating (only to then dry them and then have to put them away).

New Toilet: How Much Does It Cost & How to Choose One

Toilets are incredibly durable pieces of equipment—and if taken care of properly, can last up to 40 or 50 years (assuming the laws on water usage per flush don’t change). However, there are occasions when your toilet’s days are numbered, and the repairs outweigh the cost of replacement, or you might simply want to upgrade yours in favor of an ultra-low-flow model to conserve water.

Best Drain Clog Removers in 2019

Nothing can halt your morning routine like a clogged shower, sink, shower, tub, or toilet. Whether you know what caused the offending clog (with long hair often being the culprit) or you’re unsure of the issue, there are plenty of drain clog removers on the market that can help you get rid of the problem, without having to pay a plumber to fix it.

What to Do if Your Oven or Stove Isn’t Cooking Properly

There’s a reason why the kitchen is the heart of the home—because it’s where all of the delicious food is made. Whether you consider yourself quite the chef or you can barely heat up a pizza in the oven, you rely on your oven and stove to heat things up safely and properly so that you can put food on the table for you and your family.

Dryer Repair vs. Replacement: Understanding the Cost Breakdown

Nothing lasts forever, but don’t you wish that our appliances did? When your dryer starts to show signs of quitting on you, it may be tempting to just head to the nearest big box store and purchase a new one to avoid dealing with the hassle of repairing it—but should you?

How Much Should I Pay for Dishwasher Repair?

The dishwasher is one of those modern conveniences that you can definitely live without—but why on earth would you want to? Not only does it make life so much easier, but the dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing your dishes, making it a more environmentally friendly option.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning Properly

When your dishwasher isn’t cleaning properly, it can throw your whole household for a loop. And when you have to wash the dishes by hand, we all know how quickly they can pile up in the sink.

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

There’s nothing that halts a busy household like a broken refrigerator. Whether the ice maker stopped working or the food in the fridge is starting to smell suspiciously foul, your fridge can run the full spectrum on what’s wrong with it—and unfortunately, how much it costs.

How to Diagnose a Broken Refrigerator

Out of all the appliances in your home, the refrigerator is the one you rely on the most. Whether it’s reaching for that glass of orange juice in the morning or pulling out fresh produce to prepare a meal in the evening, we rely on our fridge to keep things cold and keep our food safe for consumption.

How to Repair an Oven that Isn’t Heating Properly

Whether you like to prepare gourmet food in your kitchen or you’re more of a frozen pizza kind of chef, you rely on your oven to heat your meals consistently and evenly so that you can count on a delicious dinner each and every time you use it. But when your food is cold in the middle and burnt on top, or your oven isn’t even heating at all, it’s time to look into what’s going on.

Washing Machine Repair vs. Replacement: Cost Breakdown

No one is under the illusion that a washing machine will last forever, but a broken one always brings up the eternal question: should it stay or should it go? In this era of so many single-use products, we’ve become pretty accustomed to just replacing our appliances when they break down, so we don’t have to deal with figuring out what’s wrong with it or coughing up the repair expenses.

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