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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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How to Find a Good Handyman You Can Trust

Despite what you may hope, watching repeated episodes of “Property Brothers” doesn’t exactly make you an expert in home repair or renovation. For those of us who are not the handiest or DIY savvy, it’s a necessity to hire someone to tackle projects like changing light fixtures, painting the walls, or installing an appliance. 

Give Your Bathroom a Fresh Look With Tile Stickers

Is your current bathroom tile not exactly what you would consider for your dream bathroom? Whether it’s permanently stuck in the 80s with a frosted tile shower door—or the floor and shower tile are a particularly repugnant shade of green and yellow, you’re likely looking at a hefty cost to remove and replace it.

Make Entertaining at Home a Breeze With Amazon Alexa

It used to be that all you needed for a good get together was plenty of food, some cold ones, and maybe a good playlist or two. Now, with smart home features like Amazon Alexa, smart lighting, and access to almost any song in the world through Amazon Prime music, entertaining at home has been brought to a new level. 

The 6 Kitchen Design Trends We're Drooling Over

From the space-age linoleum countertops in the 1950s to the avocado appliances of the 1970s to the granite islands and the dark cabinets of the early 2000s, kitchen design trends have gone through it all. Now, with pops of color, funky open shelving, creative layouts, and vintage, exposed lighting, kitchens have never looked better. 

TV Mounting Kit: Do You Need it and Where to Get It?

Mounting your television is a great way to avoid the expense of an entertainment system (and not to mention, a way to save a whole bunch of space in your living area). And although it would be nice to just hammer a couple of nails in on the wall and hang your flat screen television like a large picture, it unfortunately doesn’t work that way—or if it does, it won’t be too long before the television comes crashing down onto the floor.

The Biggest Advantages of Professional TV Mounting

Mounting flat screen televisions to the wall has been trendy for about a decade now—and we hope the trend is here to stay. Not only is it space-saving, but it also gives your room a sleek, uncluttered look and enhances your overall viewing experience. 

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?

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