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Why the Death Star has Exhaust Ports

on May 19, 2017

Next week fans of the movie STAR WARS will be celebrating the original film’s 40th anniversary.  On May 25th, 1977, Lucasfilm released a movie that became not only one of the most iconic space opera films, but refreshed the science fiction film genre and paved the way for others to follow (according to some, the […]

What’s the Best Fixture for Your Ceiling?

on May 12, 2017

Here’s something you may not have considered: is there a right choice when it comes to installing a new ceiling fixture?  Short answer: not always but often there are better answers than the one you first choose.  Are you looking for a fan?  Is your ceiling sloped? What’s the aesthetic of your room?  Does the […]

May Is Electric Safety Month!

on May 5, 2017

Home Electric Safety Month is upon us once again.  Home ownership is worth it, but it isn’t without its drawbacks.  Proper maintenance and care is essential to keep your home in top-working condition.  To do that, it’s important to stay current on what you have and haven’t had done in your home.  Older wiring needs […]

Flood Safety Preparation Guide

on April 28, 2017

With cloudy days and scattered showers, it can be easy to forget how fast a flood can strike.  Even a home that’s on an uphill slope can suffer from flood conditions if water starts pooling just right against the foundation.  When cracks form, a heavy rain can overburden the sump pump in your home or […]

Easy Ways You Can Save Energy

on April 21, 2017

We all want to save money every month.  Whether it’s to save up for a big purchase, build up an emergency fund for future disaster, or simply putting back money for retirement, a little extra cash now and then is always welcome.  For many of us, we spend a lot of money on utilities.  Whether […]

Spring Maintenance for Your Home

on April 14, 2017

With warmer weather approaching, it’s time to take a good look at your home and take Spring Cleaning’ a step beyond removing dust and clutter.  Every year we advise getting the annual maintenance for your HVAC unit done before you need to turn on your AC unit for the summer.  In fact, annual maintenance is […]

DIY Edison Bulb Projects

on March 24, 2017

The Edison bulb refers to Thomas Edison’s original carbon or tungsten filament bulbs back in 1882. While modern day “Edison light bulbs” are not the same vintage bulb first created by Edison, they are designed to replicate the same light color and bulb shape as the original. These modern Edison bulbs are more energy-efficient and […]

Why Do you Need GFCI Outlets?

on March 17, 2017

This article is an expansion on concepts covered in What is a GFCI? from November 2015. Your home comes with lots of different safety devices.  Smoke and CO alarms keep you safe from house fires.  Surge protectors protect the devices in your home from being damaged during electrical storms or power surges.  Your electrical panel […]

Going Green for Your Home

on March 10, 2017

St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and venues across the US are going green.  Here at Mainstream, we’re recommending you do the same, but we’re not talking about color.  Going green when it comes to the energy that your home uses is a far more involved process with better long-term rewards than even […]

Light Bulb Safety

on February 24, 2017

Common household lights are likely the most common electrical device that any homeowner uses.  In fact, we’re so used to them that many people forget to take proper care when working with lighting in their own home.  While there is very little risk of injury from lighting, carelessness can lead to injury so it’s helpful […]

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