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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.

Recent Posts:

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.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Dryer Isn’t Working

It’s hard to imagine what life used to look like without the convenience of appliances until one of yours breaks down and temporarily throws your routine for a loop. When the dryer breaks down it can be especially frustrating, as it’s easily one of the most-used appliances in our whole arsenal.

How to Repair a Dryer that Isn’t Heating

When your dryer isn’t heating up properly, it can feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to the days when people impatiently waited for their favorite shirt to dry in the sunshine. But don’t worry - just because your dryer isn’t heating up doesn’t mean that you have to resort to stringing your shirts on a clothesline forever.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Washing Machine Isn’t Cleaning Properly

The washing machine is one of those modern luxuries that makes our lives so much easier—until, of course, it stops working properly. If you’ve noticed that your clothes are coming out smelling worse than they did before you put them in or that there are still stains on the fabric after going through a regular cycle, it may be time to examine what’s going on with the machine.

What to Do if Your Dishwasher Won’t Start

Doing the dishes isn’t exactly America’s favorite pastime, but a hard-working dishwasher makes the task much more tolerable—and quicker—so we can get back to things we actually enjoy (like anything but the dishes). So, when your dishwasher suddenly won’t start, it’s easy to panic and think you’ll be shelling out a hefty amount to replace it, but there are actually a few things you can do to troubleshoot what’s wrong and fix it on your own.

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