Hardware Tip of the Week: Make Your Home Unappealing to Thieves Before Going On Vacation

By / Hardware Tips / Wednesday, 14 October 2015 04:00

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Vacation: To help avoid being burglarized take the following pre-vacation steps:
1. Call the post office to stop mail and suspend newspaper delivery.
2. Get a few timers to turn several lights, the TV or radio on and off during the day and night.
3. If you have a second car, park it in the driveway
4. If you’ll be gone long, ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in your garbage cans
 5. Ask a friend or neighbor to house sit by dropping by regularly and checking up on things and picking up junk mail and flyers that can accumulate. (Remember to describe this house sitter to your neighbors, so burglars can’t claim to be house sitting and house sitters don’t get arrested.)
6. If you have a baby monitor, leave the monitor with a neighbor and the base unit turned on at your home. If the security or smoke alarms go off, or if your neighbors hear something they shouldn’t, they can immediately call 911.
Wiring: Probably the most mysterious and scariest home projects involve electrical work.
Those people not familiar with electricity might expect lightning to come shooting out of sockets and switches when you want to work on them. That won’t happen...unless, of course, you start working around the wiring when the power is still flowing.
Play it safe and get an inexpensive circuit alert voltage tester that lets you know if it’s okay to go to work. Just place the tester on the wiring (or device) and if it lights up the wire is live. This lets you know if you’ve turned off the wrong circuit breaker or fuse, or if there’s a problem with the breaker. Fix it before you do anything else.
And that’s the tip of the week from Island True Value Tackle and Hardware.

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