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Have you gotten seeds in the mail? Several NH residents have recently reported receiving packages of seeds in the mail that they did not order. Often the packages come with a return address from China, or are misidentified as containing other small items. This has occured in other states as well and appears to be part of a scam known as "brushing". Be aware that seeds are highly regulated to protect plant health. If you are a NH resident and have received seeds in the mail that you did not order, please:
Stop Losing Socks
Stuff a strip of foam pipe insulation into the space between your washer and dryer or along the wall. That way, socks can’t slip into the abyss.
In Hanover, Germany they have found that dogs
can sniff out the coronavirus 94% of the time. And it only took a week
of training. They used 8 dogs from the German military. The dogs can
sniff out the difference in the metabolic process in the body of a
person with the virus.
Here’s How Often You Need to Replace Some Things in Your Home
Like your roof, your deck’s life expectancy depends greatly on climate and maintenance. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates decks made from wood planks will last about 15 years, while structural wood will give you 10 to 30 years. Composite decking will last anywhere from eight to 25 years.
Stone countertops should last a lifetime while marble countertops typically last around 20 years. Laminate countertops have a shorter lifespan of 10 to 20 years because of the wear and tear they take on.
Consumer Reports asked manufactures of 13 dishwasher brands to weigh in on the lifespan of the appliance, and 10 years is about the norm. All manufactures noted it’s important to follow the owner’s manual and regularly clean out your dishwasher to keep it running properly.
Stovetop and Oven
When it comes to your kitchen cooktop and oven, how long it lasts depends on the type and how often you use it. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, you can expect to get 10 to 18 years out of your gas oven and 15 to 17 years out of your gas range. An electric range will last 13 to 15 years.
Angie’s List reports the average life of a washing machine is eight to 12 years. If the repair exceeds $500, it may be worth considering a new machine. The most common repairs include gasket replacement, a switch failure and valve issues.
A rule of thumb for water heaters—according to Angie’s List— is that those older than 10 years should be considered for a replacement. Some signs that your water heater is about to die include rusty water, rumbling noises and leaks.
Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems should last you 15 to 25 years with proper upkeep, with furnaces averaging about 15 to 20 years. However, according to Comfort Pro, Inc., an HVAC company, many homeowners choose to update their furnace after 10 to 15 years for a more efficient model.
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