Month: August 2019

Garage Door Openers in a Power Outage

garage door openers

If you have an electric garage door opener it’s important to read the instructions. If there’s a power outage you may have to lift the garage door manually. Most systems have a pull cord to disconnect the door from the opener. Make sure you know where it is and how use it. I learned the hard way one day when there was an outage and it was my turn to drive the soccer carpool. When I went to get the car I couldn’t open the garage door. Another mom came to my rescue, but I wish I’d known about the pull cord. It’s a good idea to try it before you need it. After you disconnect the door make sure you’re physically able to lift it. Garage doors can weigh 600 pounds or more! If the opener doesn’t have battery backup consider replacing it. Many of the new electronic garage door openers come with backup batteries. A new California law, effective July 1, 2019, requires homeowners installing new electronically operated garage doors to have openers with battery backup technology. Whether it’s the law or not, openers with battery backup are a good idea. Make sure all the adults in your […]

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Increase Your Vocab with Words of the Day

Online learning with words of the day

Having earned a living as a writer in a previous life, I pride myself on my English. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes. But most of the time I realize something’s not right and look things up before I “publish.” That wasn’t the case when I told my friend Joan about my “word of the day” subscription. Asked for an example of a word I’d learned I said “denouement.” Actually, I said “dee-noo-ment.” She said “I think it’s pronounced ‘day-nu-ma,’ ” sounding appropriately French. Of course, she was right. Learn a new word every day. Hear the correct pronunciation. There are a lot of ways to learn “words of the day.” Just try searching online. You’ll get 5,160,000,000 results! I like Word Genius because it gets delivered right to my email inbox where I go every day anyway. It’s short, simple and includes an audio demonstration of the correct pronunciation. If I’d taken the extra two seconds to play the pronunciation demonstration of “denouement” I could have saved myself the embarrassment of mispronouncing it. Some common words you may be mispronouncing. People often mispronounce a word until someone corrects them. Here are some examples of common words you […]

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