Troubleshooting Your Thermostat


Pick one: it's freezing/sweltering out, and you're a) turning into an ice sculpture; b) sweating like a fiend. Before you throw in the towel and make a service call, make sure the problem isn't something you can fix yourself – like a simple glitch with your thermostat. Here's what you need to check.


Turn off power to the heating/air-conditioning system at the main service panel. Remove the thermostat cover plate.


Remove the thermostat body by loosening the mounting screws with a screwdriver.


Inspect the wire connections on the thermostat base. Reattach any loose wires. If the wires are broken or corroded, they should be clipped, stripped, and reattached to the screw terminals. Replace the thermostat body and cover plate. Restore power at the main service panel.





Adding a Telephone Extension

Installing a Cable TV Jack

Installing Coaxial TV Cable

Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Replacing a Doorbell


Handy Tips, Advices and Warnings

To remove old wallpaper, first pull off as much as you can, then soak the remaining with Fleecy. It will peel off easily.

After wallpapering or painting, write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that room.

If you have a small hole in your wall (after moving pictures etc.) take a wax crayon as near the colour of your wall as possible. Rub the hole with the crayon, polish with a dry cloth and the hole is invisible.


Clean out old nail polish bottles and fill with “touch up” paint for scuffs and scratches that may occur on your walls.

When hanging pictures on plaster walls, put a small piece of adhesive tape where the nail is to go in. Drive the nail through the tape. This helps prevent the plaster from cracking.

Before wallpapering a wall, apply a coat of clear varnish to any grease spots. This will prevent the grease from soaking through the new paper.

Instead of applying wallpaper with a sponge, dip a paint roller in the solution, squeeze slightly to prevent dripping and roll it over 20-30 sq. feet at a time. 

Buy stair carpeting a little longer than needed. When it shows signs of wear it can be shifted downward to delay replacement.

To avoid wearing out spots on heavy traffic areas, use extra pieces of material cut out of the same material as the rug or linoleum.

If your kitchen cupboards have worn out or if there are scuff marks around the handles, remove handles and glue on tiles to cover the scuffs. Replace handles over the tiles. This adds an interesting colour accent and saves replacing or refinishing the doors.

When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.


If your water taps have a tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave your taps on slightly. Running water will not freeze.

Frozen water pipes can safely and easily be thawed out by using an ordinary hair dryer nozzle directed at the frozen pipe. 

To tighten cane-bottomed chairs, turn them upside down and liberally apply hot water to the underside. Dry the chairs in the sun.

When sanding or refinishing, cover your hand with an old nylon stocking. Glide your hand over the surface to be redone. Any rough areas will snag the stocking where more sanding needs to be done.

To restore odour to an old cedar chest or closet, sandpaper lightly. This reopens pores in the wood to restore breathing.

Spring-type clothespin are useful as clamps to hold lightweight glued materials together.

To find a wall stud, hold a pocket compass level with the floor and at a right angle to the wall. Slowly move it along the surface of the wall. Movement of the compass will indicate the presence of nails and reveal stud location.

You always have a measuring tape in your pocket -- a dollar bill is exactly six inches long and just short of three inches wide.




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