How to Protect Your Home from the Summer Heat

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Your A/C is your first and last line of defense against the heat of summer. Preparing your AC for the dog days with preventive A/C repair and maintenance can go a long way towards making sure that it uses as little energy as possible. If you’re also looking for other ways to minimize your reliance on that power-hungry appliance, here are a few ideas.

Don’t let in any more heat than you have to

From drapes to shutters, awnings and high-reflectivity film, there’s a lot that you can do to keep theĀ heat outsideĀ from entering your home through windows that face the sun. Awnings are one of the best ideas to try. While drapes let heat in and then attempt to trap it close to the window, awnings stop heat from coming in to begin. It is also a good idea to install a couple of ventilation fans at …

How to Retrieve a Wedding Ring Down the Drain

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In 2007, CSI star Jennifer Garner lost her wedding ring down the drain. According to her interview on Live with Regis and Kelly, her insurance could have paid for the ring that her husband Ben Affleck gave her (a $5,000 ring usually costs around $60 to insure against such risks), but she decided to hire a professional to get it back. Certainly, plumbers called out to retrieve rings worth thousands of dollars charge a little more than they do for regular calls. Such expertise isn’t a luxury meant for the rich and famous alone, however. It’s for everyone.

What’s the worst that can happen with a DIY attempt?

Attempting to retrieve jewelry from the depths of a drain isn’t just an unpleasant task, it’s a plan that often goes wrong. People tend to try all kinds of ingenious tricks to do the job themselves, and end up with problems far …