Jack-O’-Lantern Stencils

It’s almost Halloween and if you and the kids plan to carve a jack-o’-lantern, here are some great stencils you can use, courtesy of Reader’s Digest.



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Stay Hydrated In This Heat

If you have work to do around your yard or house in this extreme heat, take precautions so you don’t get sick.  Work slowly and steadily instead of trying to rush through the work, drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables with high water content so you stay hydrated.  Signs of heat exhaustion include weakness, dizziness, nausea and muscle cramping.  If you experience any of these, stop work immediately, go inside and sip water slowly until you cool off.  If you stop sweating and nothing you do cools you down, you should call 911 immediately because you may be suffering from heat exhaustion.  If you’d help with your yard work and house work, give us a call here at Blass Residential Services.  Yep, we do that!

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Eliminate Window Condensation – Home Improvement

We had quite a cold snap over the long New Year weekend. Did you get condensation on your windows?
There’s a simple explanation for this. The humidity in your home is higher than the dew point. When it meets the colder temperature of your windows, you get condensation, just like when you take a cold drink out of your refrigerator and beads of water appear on its outer surface. This even happens on your expensive, insulated double and triple pane windows, so don’t automatically think that their seal has been compromised.
The simple way to eliminate condensation is to use a humidifier to lower the amount of water vapor inside your home. Many newer humidifiers will do this automatically with built-in outdoor sensors. Also, using exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms will help blow the moist air outside.
Have further questions? Give us a call here at Blass Residential Services. We’d be glad to help you. Happy New Year!

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Extension Cord Safety – Home Improvement

Your tree is decorated and your lights are strung. How many extension cords have you used? Do your outlets look like Clark Griswold’s? Let’s hope not. Every year 3,300 residential fires originate in extension cords, and every year, 4,000 injuries associated with extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Here’s some advice to keep everyone safe this holiday season.
-Don’t push furniture, draperies or anything flammable against a cord, especially where it joins the plug. You can purchase angle extension cords
for use in corners or behind furniture.
-Check the cord and plug for excessive heat. Some warming is normal, but if the cord is hot or the plastic is becoming soft, it should be replaced.
-Don’t use staples or nails to attach extension cords to a surface.
-Don’t overload extension cords by plugging in appliances that draw more watttage than the cords are rated for.
-When in use for outdoor decorations, use only extension cords made for outdoor use.
-Never remove the third prong from a plug. It’s a safety featured designed to help prevent shock.
-Make sure cords don’t dangle from counters or tables where they can be tripped over, and keep them out of the flow of foot traffic.
Please stay safe, and have a great holiday season!

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Keep Those Leftovers Safe to Eat

As you gather around your holiday table with your family and friends this Thanksgiving, please follow this advice to protect yourself from food poisoning and keep your leftovers safe to eat:
-Your meal should be refrigerated within two hours after leaving the oven.
-Refrigerate the turkey and stuffing separately.
-Store your food at a depth of no more than two inches to speed chilling.
-Eat your leftovers within four days or freeze them. Gravy should be used within two days.
-Thoroughly reheat your leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
With this simple advice, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal for days to come.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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More Things To Do With Beer – Home Improvement

Last month we told you about the many uses of beer around the house. It was so popular that here’s part 2:
Did you know you can clean gold jewelry with beer? Just put your jewelry in a shallow dish and cover it with beer. Let it soak, then take it out, rinse it and polish it with a soft, dry cloth. Flat beer is also good for polishing wooden furniture. Just pour a little on a soft cloth and rub it in.
Outside the house, beer is great for getting rid of the brown spots in your lawn. The acid kills fungus and insects and the sugar feeds the grass. If you place a dish of beer in your garden, snails and slugs will crawl in and drown. If you’re having a picnic and don’t want to be bugged by bugs, place cups of beer around the outskirts of your table and the pests will be having such a good time drinking that they’ll leave you alone.
Have any of your own uses for beer? Let us know!

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Beer Is For More Than Drinking – Home Improvement

Sure it’s great to relax with a cold beer, but you wouldn’t believe how helpful beer can be around the house. For example:
If you have fruit flies in your kitchen, especially around the trash can, place a jar of beer on the kitchen counter and cover the top with paper or plastic wrap, leaving a small hole for the flies to get into. They won’t be able to get back out.
To get rid of mice, place a little beer in a bucket with a ramp going up the outside. Mice will climb into the bucket and once they’re nice and tipsy, you can release them outside.
Cockroaches will climb into a jar containing a piece of bread-soaked beer. If you put vaseline around the lip of the jar they won’t be able to get back out.
You can even fertilize your plants with beer. They love the sugar, but use it sparingly so your house doesn’t smell like a brewery!
Want more household tips? Give us a call here at Blass Residential Services!

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Have the Cleanest Screens in the Neighborhood – Home Improvement

Has summer’s dust left grime all over your window screens? Then it’s time to clean them. Don’t groan…it’s really not that big of a project.
First make a cleaning solution from 3 gallons of warm water, 4 tablespoons of dish detergent and 1/4 cup of ammonia. Remove your screens and lay them on a clean surface or prop them against the wall. Rinse them with the hose, then using a soft scrub brush, gently wash them with the cleaning solution, using a circular motion. Be carful not to push too hard or you could stretch or tear the screens. Rinse them off with the hose and see if you missed any spots. If not, give your screens a tap on the ground to shake off the water and replace them in your windows. If your screens are small enough, you can wash them in the bathtub or shower. Have any questions? Give us a call here at Blass Residential Services.

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Halloween Decorating Tips – Interior Design

That nip in the air is a sign that summer is almost over, and if you’re looking for some fall decorating ideas, check out this link.


You can also give us a call here at Blass Residential Services and ask for Phyllis, our interior design artist, for more great ideas!

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The Many Uses of Vinegar Part 2 – Home Improvement

You wouldn’t believe all the uses for plain old white vinegar. It makes a great household cleaner. Try it for:
-Deodorizing a drain – Pour in one cup of baking soda, then a cup of vinegar. Wait 5 minutes and rinse with with hot water.
-Clean your greasy oven door window by pouring vinegar on it and letting it sit for 10 minutes then wiping off.
-Remove soap scum and odor from your dishwasher by pouring one cup of vinegar in the empty dishwasher and running it.
-Easily clean mini blinds by wearing gloves dipped in vinegar and running your fingers over both sides of the blinds.
-Make a brass & copper cleaner with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of ketchup. Rub it on with a clean cloth until the metal is shiny.
-Discourage ants by spraying vinegar around doorframes, window sills and appliances.
-Clean your grill with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar.
Vinegar has thousands of uses. Let us know your favorites!

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