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Getting smart on smart home security systems.

Whether you’re looking to get smart on your smart home or catch the neighborhood thief on your live feed camera, there’s no question a security system is a savvy purchase worth in the weight of gold they are trying to steal. A study from the University of North Carolina found that about 60% of burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target.

Here is a great article to help you smarten up on home security:

https://www.reviews.com/research/tips-building-home-security-system/

 

 

Beautiful Icicles, Ugly Ice Dams

How to cure an Ice Dam 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

If you live in a cold, snowy
 
region, you already know about the damaging effects of ice dams. The gutters clog up with ice, then water runoff from the roof gets trapped by the dam and eventually backs up the roof, travels under the shingles, and leaks into the house.

While a permanent fix for ice dams usually requires increasing the insulation, sealing, and ventilation in the attic, there is a simple way to diminish the damage after the dam has formed.

Fill the leg of discarded pair of panty hose with a calcium chloride ice melter. Lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and overhangs the gutter. If necessary, use a long-handled garden rake or hoe to push it into position.

The calcium chloride will eventually melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof.

Ice-Dam Breaker

Illustration by Narda Lebo