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More About Carbon Monoxide

[no-glossary] Sources of Carbon Monoxide: Unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke. Health Effects Associated with Carbon Monoxide: At low concentrations, fatigue in healthy people and chest pain in people with heart disease. At higher concentrations, impaired vision and coordination; headaches; dizziness; confusion; nausea.

Clean the Toaster

Electric toasters with slots in the top for the bread all have one thing in common: they collect bread crumbs and dust, and need to be cleaned regularly. Cleaning an electric toaster is not merely good sanitation. It is also fire prevention. Left uncleaned, a toaster will eventually collect enough crumbs and dust to begin to smoulder, or to create a short in the heating elements, or both. Either of these creates a fire hazard.

Cutting In

When painting, use a brush (a 4-inch brush is the norm) to paint the top edge of the wall, the corners where two walls meet, and the edges where trim has been applied to the wall. A paint roller cannot get into a corner well, so you'll need the brush to get the paint there. For a more even look, after cutting in with the brush, go back over the area with a very dry roller. This will change the texture to match the rest of the wall. To texture into corners and next to trim, use a dry roller with the sleeve pulled off of the roller cage about an inch.

Choosing The Right Caulking For The Job

Paintable or non-paintable caulking? Choosing the right caulking - paintable vs. non-paintable - is a critical first step in any sealing job. Why? Because a good-quality non-paintable caulking is most likely made of silicone, which will not hold paint. Good-quality paintable caulking, on the other hand, is typically made of acrylic latex. That material will hold paint beautifully, but it will not stand up to weather, water, heat and cold very well unless it is painted.

Clean the Toaster

Electric toasters with slots in the top for the bread all have one thing in common: they collect bread crumbs and dust, and need to be cleaned regularly.

Cleaning an electric toaster is not merely good sanitation. It is also fire prevention. Left uncleaned, a toaster will eventually collect enough crumbs and dust to begin to smoulder, or to create a short in the heating elements, or both. Either of these creates a fire hazard.

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