As vacation season approaches, it’s a good idea to re-check the security of your home. Or if you’ve recently moved into a new apartment, let this article from DIYNetwork.com convince you to actually get the locks changed.
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Most thieves are looking for the easiest score possible so if you take just a few preventative measures to secure your home, a thief will most likely look elsewhere.
When we moved into our century-old home and began our then-minor-now-major renovations, we realized something slightly terrifying about our original to the house solid wood door. Moreover, the picture window in the door. Somehow at inspection, we had failed to notice that there wasn’t real glass in the door, but […]
Before a petty disagreement turns into an all out war, consider these 5 ways to handle neighborhood disputes.
6 steps to protecting your pets from nasty winter weather
Everyone has a father but clearly not everyone is a dad. We’ve rounded up some projects that non-dads will enjoy that are best achieved sans kids. Weed Burning – Break out the torch! Moving Appliances – Heavy and awkward appliances like refrigerators and ranges are tough to maneuver and you’ll […]
Anyone who’s caught the first season of The Walking Dead on AMC knows that the CDC played a vital role in handling the zombie pandemic of which the heroes of the story are trying to survive. The show is also based on a series of graphic novels, and the actual […]
October is Fire Prevention Month, and organizations like the American Red Cross are distributing information to help people lessen the fire risks within their homes. As the temperatures start to drop, many turn to space heaters to provide additional warmth in their homes or offices. Yet the U.S. Department of […]
This past weekend we received a very unwelcome note taped to our front door. Someone had called the housing inspector’s office complaining of code violations at our address. The issue was some construction debris that lay next to our trash can outside — nothing you could see from the street […]
In addition to installing smoke alarms throughout your home, you may opt to keep a couple of fire extinguishers on hand in case of an emergency. Yet fire extinguishers, like most other things in your home, need to be inspected regularly to ensure they’re in proper working order. Experts recommend […]
While some people prefer a very in-your-face style of home security presence, there are others who lean more towards a subtle, multi-purpose approach to ensuring their home’s safety. One way to accomplish a more low-key, yet attractive level of security is to install landscape lighting around your home. Landscape lighting […]
A little known secret in the home security world is that the appearance of security is about 90% of the actual benefit of having a home security system. Meaning, if it looks like you have a system, potential intruders will typically err on the side of caution rather than test […]
Coming home with a large bag of groceries and fumbling with keys to open a back door can be a frustrating experience, so can having your kids forget the keys but need to be let inside. These small frustrations can add up but the SmartCode deadbolt seems like the best […]
One of my fondest childhood memories revolves around fireworks. Because my mom, brother and I lived just outside the city limits, fireworks were legal in our neighborhood–and we took full advantage every year. After pillaging the area fireworks tents to ensure we got the most bang for our buck (pun […]
Security doors used to have a pretty bad rap. They’d decrease your property value, make your neighborhood seem sketchy, and worst of all, were ugly. Screen doors, however, were praised far and wide for creating welcoming entryways, adding style to your front door, and giving you options for fresh air […]
Kwikset has taken notice of our home security blog and have asked us to join their Kwikset SmartSquad to help educate homeowners about effective and proactive steps to help maintain the safety of their home and family. We thought we’d start with five safety tips that everyone in your family […]
For those of us with the ultimate DIY projects running around (that’d be kids), sometimes it’s hard to figure out the best way to make your home safe while encouraging curiosity and healthy boundaries for your littles. While there are plenty of theories on how much baby and childproofing a […]
Being able to remotely control your home’s security system is one of the perks of continually evolving technology. But if you need something more comprehensive, consider ADT Pulse, a whole-home automation system that’s customizable to your needs. ADT Pulse goes beyond security, allowing you to access home automation, climate and […]
Unless you’ve been hiding out in a bomb shelter in fear of Cold War nuclear attacks, you’d know the biggest possibly-irrational fear in the post-modern world is the zombie apocalypse. From TV shows to survival guides to the actual discovery of fungus-infested zombie ants in the Amazon (it’s starting …) […]
The FBI has cataloged the areas of entry that burglars will target into a home. Take these statistics and protect your home accordingly. 81 percent of residential intrusions occur through the first floor. 34 percent of burglars entered through the front door; 23 percent through a first-floor window; 22 percent […]
We ordered our MACE pepper spray gun last month and finally got around to testing it. Included in the package is the gun, one canister of pepper spray, and one canister of water loaded for testing. The gun feels great in the hand and the only levers are to unlock […]
File this project under “ingenious.” Have some small valuables or cash that you want to conceal? If you have a hollow core interior door, you can use a few tools to create an inconspicuous hiding spot. Guys (and ladies)–this is an ideal time to smoke a cigar, because you’ll need […]