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    How do you know if the air in your home is safe to breathe… Q - Call me a worry wart, but how can I be positive that the air inside my home is as safe as I can make it.  My wife and I both have allergies and the cleaner the air the better. Stan in Dunwoody A - Not to worry Stan, that is a good question. Here are 4 things you can do in your home to help insure that your air is as clean as you can make it:  - Test for radon. Exposure to this invisible, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country.  Radon has been detected in every state though its levels vary widely. To check out the levels in your county go to www.radon.com/radon/radon_map. You will find quite a fluctuation in the metro counties. - Invest in clean air. A high quality air filtration system can neutralize most floating germs, dust, mold spores, and other pollutants in your home. You can spend from $100 (for a basic one room system) to over $10,000 for an elaborate whole house system. Another easy and inexpensive help is to find your furnace filter and change it on a regular basis.  - Go Low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals emitted by a variety of products including paints, carpets, furnishings, and even some permanent markers (they are the stuff that made you 'high' when you helped the teacher with the mimeograph machine back in the 3rd grade - that's right - look at the colors!). According to the EPA some VOCs have been linked to health concerns such as headaches and asthma to even cancer. If you are re-modeling look for the 'low-VOC' labels on carpets and furniture.  - Ban smoking. A fire might be romantic, but studies have shown that smoke from fires can contain pollutants similar to those in car exhaust. Burn only dry, well-seasoned wood. Never burn plastics or paper that contains colored ink, and before the season starts have a professional check the flue. A blocked or narrowed flue is a serious fire hazard.  
  • I think my dishwasher isn't upholding its end of the bargain… Q - How do I know if my dishwasher is doing all that it should? Sometimes I get the feeling my dishes aren't coming out as clean as they should be. John in Sandy Springs A - Well John, you could simply ask her. Say, 'Honey, are you getting the dishes as clean as you should be?' Then duck. Seriously though, dish washers do wear down as time goes on and on occasion need a servicing or, perhaps, you are due a new one. One thing you can try is the old Lip-Stick Test. Have the wife put on some lipstick before dinner. Eat, drink from glasses, lick plates just as you would do during any usual meal, and then put all the dishes in the washer. After the wash cycle is over (and the dry too) unload the dishwasher and take a close look at the glasses and forks. Do you still see some Amber Rose on your utensils? That means your washer is not doing its job. And if lipstick is not being cleaned off properly you can pretty well be sure that bacteria and viruses are probably thriving on your dishes and cutlery as well. (Especially check the forks - forks are notoriously the most difficult utensils to clean). That means you will either have to pre-rinse more thoroughly, use a better dishwashing detergent, and/or consider having a qualified appliance specialist over to check out your machine. Or, you may be due a new one.
  • How to spruce up your bathroom on a tight budget. Q – We had planned on updating our bathroom just as the economy turned. Now we are even tireder (if that’s a word) of our old bathroom but have considerably less money.  What can we do? Martha in Dunwoody A – You can make many changes to your bathroom for minimal dollars.  For instance, for less than $75 you can upgrade your shower curtain and curtain rings.  For another $100’ish you can get a nicer shower head – look for one with adjustable spray setting including massage. For under $200 add a towel warmer to your list. There are many different styles to choose from, make sure yours is UL listed. Another $200 will allow you to make over the lighting while a $30’ish investment can net you a new toilet seat. There you go – for $600 you can change the look and feel of your shower, the lighting, and your toilet. You can install all of the items yourself and have a new look to your bathroom in no time. Have a little more money and ambition? New paint can be had for $25 - $50 a gallon and for $50 you can upgrade your towels and hang some new plush towels on your heated towel rack. For less than $750 you can do quite a job making your bathroom look and feel better. Get on it!
  • You are having trouble with your plumbing, or your hvac system, or even your garage door. Want to know how to find a good company to do the work? Here are 5 things to look for… 5 Things that I believe differentiate a great service company from a so-so one… - Size of company. For my money I want to use a company that is big enough and has enough experience so there are no surprises. Large companies with many employees are rarely stumped when it comes to trouble shooting. - Stability of company. Although I am sure that there are a few quality start-up service companies out there, I prefer on that has been around and been successful. That tells me that they have the resources to get the job done. - Set specific appointments. I like my service companies to tell me when they are going to be there within an hour. I hate the “…sometime between 1p and 5p…” routine.  Tell me when you are going to be there, then call me 15 minutes before you get there in case I have stepped out. - Talk to me. Once at my house, I like the company to tell me the issues, then tell me how much it will cost (without guessing) to fix, and also tell me how long it will take to get the job done. Two corollaries here: A - Your cost of repair ought to be at least in the vicinity of the advertised special price I heard on your radio commercial. Don't come to my house telling me it's $159 only to have ad-ons and service charges that push the total north of $800.  2 - And don't lie to me about time. If you are starting on Monday and it’s going to take 4 days don't tell me 2. Dumb as I look even I will begin to suspect something when you show up to work on Thursday. Also - if something goes wrong (or right) I want to know as you go, not afterward when you are trying to explain the extra hundred tacked onto the bill… - Don’t be a stranger. If I have a problem after you leave and need you back out to fix or finish a job I don’t want to hear “…we will get there when we can…” I waited for you to get here the first time, once you are in my house doing my job; I should become a priority to you. Anything else is unacceptable.
  • It may not feel like it, but autumn is right around the corner. Here are some things you need to get on your honey-do list before it gets cold… Sure temps are still in the 90’s, but you need to start looking ahead to cooling weather and, gasp, the possibility of colder weather. Mark these as simple to-do’s on your list of things to do to get ready: Heating and Cooling. Now is a good time to get your furnace checked out by a professional. They should be contacting you for your winter service if you have a maintenance agreement (and you should have a maintenance agreement). Here are a couple of things you can do yourself to give it a quick once over right now. Start your furnace and see if you smell any strange smells. You will smell a small burning odor as your furnace burns off the dust, but past that are you smelling anything burning or the smell of gas?  If so get your hvac tech out to repair sooner rather than later. Swimming Pools. Don’t forget to service your pool at least one more time before you cover it for the winter. Leave your pool full of water, unless your pool is so small that you can let the air out and store it in a box. If that is the case, then let the air out and store it in a box. Also make sure you have an appropriate cover for the pool. Do not leave it uncovered all winter. Plumbing. Now is a great time to make sure you know where the shut-off valves are located for your outside spigots. If you can’t find them have a plumber over to do an inspection of your home and have them show you where they are. This is important to know so you can shut them off as winter approaches. That way they won’t freeze. Electrical. A lot you can do here but let’s do this right now.  Get some heat tape at the big box store and install it on your crawlspace pipes. You can do this yourself. What you may not be able to do is to make sure you have an outlet handy to plug it into.  Get your electrician out and install a couple new outlets that are handy to plug the tape into. Roof. Not quite yet, but soon will be the best time to clean your roof of leaves and debris. Leaves and debris, if left unattended, spell trouble for your shingles. A clean roof (and gutters) is a happy roof (and gutters). Pest Control. While there are a lot of issues here that I will get into next month, let’s just focus on one here this month – the dreaded mosquito. We are in the height of the West Nile virus season, so mosquitoes are still definitely a big issue.  Make sure you empty and/or remove all standing water, every time it rains or there is a heavy dew. Also, use your favorite pest control company’s mosquito prevention treatment for at least another 6-8 weeks. There. A list to tide you over until the next list. Get to work… More from Dave Baker >>
  • Studies show that Americans have bought more energy-efficient light bulbs (81% of you have bought at least one), bought more Energy Star rated appliances (44% of you have looked for the Energy Star label), and made energy saving home improvements to your homes (43% have caulked windows and doors). Now that wasn't so difficult, was it? You know you are still leaving some money out there. Here are 6 more very simple things you can do to save even more. - Program your thermostat. A programmable thermostat, when set correctly, can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Simply adjusting the temperature by 4-7 degrees at night or when you're not home will do the trick. Don't have a programmable thermostat? You can get one for about $80 - and some utility companies offer rebates. You can even get one that you can run off your smart phone. Annual savings - $200. - Fix leaky ducts. Have a qualified hvac company seal and insulate your heating and cooling ducts that run through, over, and under your home. Annual savings - $400. - Adjust your tv. Did you know that television manufacturers often ship televisions in the 'retail mode' to ensure the best picture quality under their showroom's bright lights? Switch your set to the 'home more' which is more efficient and is fine for most types of home viewing. Annual savings - $30 to $60 - Stop pre-rinsing your dishes. Washing dishes before you put them into your dishwasher to wash them (again) wastes up to 6,000 gallons of water a year, plus the cost to heat that water. It's un-necessary. Your dishwasher with the dishwashing soap you use was designed to clean dirty dishes. Annual savings - $75 - Lower your hidden energy use. Between 5 and 10 percent of your electrical use goes to devices that draw power when they are off, or in the stand-by mode. Major offender? Your children's video games. Annual savings - $125 - Wash clothes in cold water. New detergents now make it possible to get clothes clean using cold water thus dispelling the 'it won't get clean if I don't wash it in hot water' myth. Annual savings $60. There you are. Almost $1000 dollars of savings a year, often times for doing less work.
  • How to get rid of fleas… Q – We have fleas in our home. We don’t want fleas in our home. What should we do? Arline in Acworth A – You are making me itchy just talking about fleas… Here are a couple things you can do.  Use what you would call a ‘flea bomb’. (professionals call it ‘fogging’). Look for something where the active ingredient is Pyrethrin. This works, but will only kill the adults. The second product that needs to be applied is an I.G.R. I mention I.G.R.’s quite a bit on the show. It stands for Insect Growth Regulator. I.G.R.’s won’t necessarily kill the fleas right off, but the I.G.R. will prevent the fleas from laying fertile eggs and that will stop the life cycle. Alpine Flea and Tick is what the pro’s use.  Don’t forget to read and follow all label directions.
  • 5 Things you can do to make your home more secure. - Get an alarm system that covers all the accessible doors and windows. Hook it into your smart phone. Being alert and informed is the first step to security. - Keep your shrubs and bushes trimmed away from windows. As a general rule of thumb you should be able to see the whole window from the street. Also keep your yard free and clear from trash and other debris. - Install a wide-angled video camera at all your doors, and use them before you open the door, every time! You can get them hooked into your smart phone as well so you will always know who is or was at your door. - Create the illusion that there is always somebody home. - If you see anything suspicious, call the police. If it looks suspicious, it probably is.
  • Foundation cracks? Doesn’t sound good to me… Q - I heard you talking on your show about horizontal cracks in the foundation and how bad they are. I have a vertical crack in my basement wall. My neighbor says caulk will fix it, another says use hydraulic cement. What say you? Ricky in Acworth A - While a vertical foundation crack may not be as urgent as a horizontal one, that doesn't mean you are in the clear. As with any crack in concrete anywhere you need to be vigilant. Measure it and inspect it on a regular basis to make sure it is not getting longer or wider. If you have a vertical crack in your foundation that is shifting - meaning one edge is moving up or down, then you have big potential trouble and it needs immediate attention. So what about fixing a stable vertical crack? First know that water was probably instrumental in making the crack, or helping to grow the crack, and no matter if your caulk it or use hydraulic cement to repair the crack, if you don't take care of the water intrusion the repair is doomed to fail. Of course, the water intrusion goes back to basic things like, are your gutters clean, does water naturally run away from your foundation, and do you have a working french drain around your home. I would be more inclined to contact either a structural engineer or a foundation expert for an inspection. I would then use their opinion to begin my repairs.
  • Q – I am putting a couple new breakers in my electrical panel. Does it matter what kind I use? Are some brands better than others? Tom – Sandy Springs A - If you are adding breakers to your electrical panel here are a couple of things you should know: Your breaker panel is designed and tested with the manufacturers recommended breakers in place to receive its UL listing. Circuit breaker manufacturers submit their products to UL for testing and evaluation with their particular panel boards. These breakers are not intended to be installed in any panel boards other than as specified in the information provided with the circuit breaker. Therefore you should install a breaker in a panel board that is produced by a different manufacturer, even if may seem to fit. The use of an incorrect breaker can cause the panel to become damaged which leads to a total change out. If you are a little uncertain, have a certified electrician come in and inspect your work. That will give you peace of mind and will save you a buck or two. Remember, be careful around electricity. It has the ability to make you walk and talk with Jesus.

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  • A North Carolina man charged in the death of his 2-month-old child faced a judge in Burke County on Monday.  >> Read more trending news  Maurice Dashawn Springs, 23, is charged with second-degree murder.  Officials said deputies were called to Carolina Health Care System – Blue Ridge on Sept. 4 after an unresponsive 2-month-old boy was taken to the hospital by his parents.  The baby was transferred to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, but he died on Sept. 9.  The Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Burke County's Department of Social Services started an investigation after reports from emergency room staff and at Levine's.  According to a search warrant, deputies believe the child died of shaken baby syndrome. “No visible signs of trauma to the head or anywhere on the child. That’s the next logical place you go – shaken baby,” Sheriff Steve Whisenant said. Officials said CT scans showed multiple subdural hematomas consistent with a traumatic brain injury. Springs’ family said he loved the baby with all his heart, and they are standing by him. The child’s mother was in court but too distraught to talk afterward. “As a parent and a grandparent, any time there is a young child involved all of us struggle with thinking about what a child went through,” Whisenant said. WSOC-TV learned that deputies interviewed Springs for hours. They are not revealing what he said during that interview prior to his arrest. 
  • Two Florida residents are facing several charges in Nassau County following an arrest on Friday. >> Read more trending news  Deputies with the Nassau County Sheriff's Office were in the area of South 14th Street and Sadler Road at 11:38 p.m., when they saw a man and a woman riding bicycles: one with no lights on the bicycle and the other bicycle with no lights on the rear, according to the report. The deputy said they began riding in the middle of the road and were almost hit by another vehicle due to their lack of lights.  The Sheriff's Office said the deputy pulled over Aaron Thomas, 31, and Megan Mondanaro, 35, at 870 Sadler Road and stated there was a strong odor of an alcoholic drink emitting from both of them. Thomas told the deputy that they had come from Hammer Head Bar and had beer. According to the arrest report, the pair both had bloodshot, watery eyes, and their speech was slurred. The deputy performed a field sobriety test on Thomas until he refused to complete it. Deputies said he did poorly on the portion of the test he did perform. The report said Mondanaro did not speak to the deputy after being asked to take the sobriety test. The report said the two were arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car. While the deputy was outside the patrol car, the pair took off their clothes and began to have sex, according to the arrest report.  NCSO said Thomas was removed from the car while naked by the deputy. Thomas was able to knock the deputy down to the ground during the process and began to run through the parking lot, the report stated. Thomas ran past several cars at a traffic light and then in front of a CVS store and in the parking lot of other stores. Deputies said they eventually caught up with him at the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop and arrested him. Thomas was taken to the Nassau County Detention Facility after he was medically cleared and faces charges of exposing sex organs, DUI, a threat against a public official, and an unnatural and lascivious act.  The arrest report stated during a breath test, he blew a .145 on the first breath and a .146 on the second. The breath test was taken three hours and 21 minutes after the arrest. Mondanaro became violent and started kicking one of the deputies several times after Thomas was initially removed from the patrol car. She is facing charges of exposing sex organs, DUI, resisting with violence/simple assault, and an unnatural and lascivious act.
  • General Mills is pulling some bags of flour from store shelves over E. coli concerns, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. >> Read more trending news  The company announced it was voluntarily recalling five-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour. The recall only affects bags with a use by date of Sept. 6, 2020. According to officials with General Mills, the flour could potentially contain E. coli. The bacteria was discovered during sampling of the product. FDA officials said there have not been any reports of confirmed illnesses connected to the recall. 
  • Three teens in masks were shot and killed by a homeowner Monday morning in Rockdale County, Georgia, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Investigators determined that the juveniles, one age 15 and two age 16, were involved in an exchange of gunfire with the White Oak Court homeowner shortly after 4 a.m., the Rockdale County Sheriff’s office spokesman, Deputy Lee Thomas said, in a statement emailed Monday afternoon. All three juveniles were from Conyers, Thomas said. WSB-TV said two of them were brothers. Deputies were called to the single-story home to investigate a report of shots fired. They found three “young men” lying on the ground outside, Sheriff Eric Levett said at the scene.  “Upon our arrival, the deceased was at the edge of a driveway and partially in the roadway,” he said. “The other young man was a little bit down the street, where it appears he was running.” Deputies administered first aid to him and another teen. Both later died after being taken to a hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The juveniles allegedly approached the residence and attempted to rob three people in the front yard, Thomas said. One of the attempted robbery suspects brandished a gun and fired at the residents before the homeowner returned fire, according to the statement. The robbery victims were not injured in the shooting. No charges have been filed. “They did discover masks on the young men,” the sheriff said. “That rose our suspicions.” Levett said the homeowner, who has not been identified, is in his late 40s to early 50s. WSB-TV reported he is a truck driver. Carlos Watson, who lives next door, said more than 10 emergency vehicles responded quickly to his otherwise quiet cul-de-sac after the shooting.  He said he thought he was dreaming when he first heard a series of about five gunshots. The second round got him out of bed.  “I heard somebody yell for help. Then I heard it again, and that’s when I came outside,” Watson said. “There was one gentleman laid out and our neighbor, Mr. Jenkins, was helping him out.” Brian Jenkins, a candidate for Rockdale County Commission chair, said he waited until deputies arrived before he went to check on the teen lying in his yard, screaming for help. The teen appeared to have been shot near his shoulder and was wearing a mask around his neck, Jenkins said.  “I told him to just calm down and relax,” he said. “It will be OK. Just stop moving.”  Watson has lived in the neighborhood off Flat Shoals Road for about a year and said random crimes are not common.  Investigators are still trying to determine who owned two different types of guns recovered from the scene.  
  • Around 100 SeaWorld employees were told Monday they're out of a job. >> Read more trending news  The employees worked for a call center in Orlando, that handles customer service for all of SeaWorld's 12 parks across the country. Some of the laid-off workers said they're really upset because their jobs are now going to people in other counties. A few of the laid-off employees said they were recently sent to Central America to train people, but said they had no idea they were training those workers to replace them in their own jobs. Empty parking spots in an otherwise full lot paint a picture of what happened behind closed doors at SeaWorld's corporate call center in Orlando. 'I got a call from human resources and they said that, effectively immediately, I no longer had a position there,' one former employee said. The employees said that, without warning, about 100 people were laid off. 'Everything from monthly payment plans, from annual passes to selling new annual passes, park tickets, setting up dining reservations, animal encounters, tours,' the former employee said, describing the workers' jobs. SeaWorld released a statement, saying 'it undertook a careful review of its operations and made a business decision to restructure its call center operations.” The statement also reads, “This move will allow us to better and more efficiently scale our call center to meet customer demand, especially during peak months. Due to this change, approximately 100 employee positions at the Orlando call center have been eliminated and operations have been shifted to a third-party vendor, effective immediately.” One former worker, who is a graduate student, said the company agreed to pay workers for the next 60 days but she's not sure how she'll be able to afford school now. 'People didn't really have a chance to prepare and, for me, that just doesn't sit right,' she said. 'That's a lot of money and a lot more debt that I’m not prepared to take on.' SeaWorld officials said the company recognizes the layoffs are not easy and it plans to offer severance benefits and outplacement assistance to help former employees with the transition. Former employees said the new call centers are in Jamaica and Guatemala.
  • Kathy Gadd is devastated over the death of her daughter, 39-year-old Jennifer Kalicki, who was found dead Sunday morning in her apartment in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  >> Read more trending news  'She was the most wonderful daughter a mother could ask for and I can't believe I'll never see her again,' Gadd said in an interview Monday.  Jennifer's boyfriend, Eric Griffin, has been arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery. 'He murdered her. He murdered her,' Gadd said. 'There's no two ways about it. I want him to get the most they can give him.' Authorities said that, when they found Jennifer Kalicki after 8 a.m. Sunday, she was already dead. They could see trauma on her face, neck and extremities. On Saturday morning, 24 hours before Kalicki was found, authorities said, she sent disturbing texts to Eric Griffin's sister. 'He's ripped the door open. Choked me, slammed me to the ground,' the text messages read. 'Please help me. He's losing it...I just need help. I'm tired of him making me the victim.' 'During those text messages, the victim was begging the defendant's sister for help,' prosecutor Suzanne Wiseman said in court. 'She also indicated in those text messages that the defendant slammed her on the ground and the defendant had strangled her.' Griffin's sister never called the police. At the time of Kalicki's death, Griffin had just gotten out of the Billerica House of Correction, where he was held on a drug charge.  Griffin was released from jail on Wednesday. The only reason he got out is because Kalicki went to Lowell District Court and paid his $250 bail. Half a week later, Kalicki was dead- - at the hands of the man she helped get out of jail, investigators said. 'I just hate him. I hate him so much,' Gadd said. 'And he's going to try and say he's sorry. That's the type of person he is. He's not sorry. He's just sorry he got caught.' A Lowell District Court Judge has revoked Griffin's bail. Griffin is due back in court Friday for a dangerousness hearing.