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Larger dogs with strong fetching urges will enjoy this iFetch machine, and their owners will enjoy watching the fun. Dogs can learn to load it, but the balls can jam unexpectedly. You can adjust the throwing distance on the nearly silent launcher, and get 250 tosses per full charge. It’s on the expensive side.

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The Santa Fe got a significant overhaul for 2021, giving it standout standard features for the class. Another familiar Hyundai highlight is exceptional warranty coverage — every Santa Fe comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain plan. Both engines are more powerful and have higher EPA-rated fuel economy than their 2020 counterparts. There’s also a new hybrid option.

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One DIY fix for a drain pipe may be to simply tighten a slip-nut near the P-trap. If the leak is coming directly from a hole in the drain pipe, you could try a flexible coupling with hose clamps.

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In a busy family bathroom nothing gets a harder workout than a bathroom fan. You can replace the guts of the fan, without tearing out the whole thing, when it becomes noisy and does a poor job of removing hot, damp air. The Fantech Bath Fan Conversion Kit Model BFRK100 is designed for do-it-yourselfers and lets you use the existing exhaust fan grill and housing, so there’s no ceiling repair work required. And the unit is Energy Star rated, meaning it’s more efficient than your old fan.

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Whatever you purchase, keep up with regular maintenance. Anything with moving parts, whether a pulley-based weight machine or a treadmill, will eventually wear out.

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Nothing ruins your week like getting a sky high electric bill at the end of the month, but lowering your energy bill doesn’t have to be complicated. These home automation devices will help you monitor and reduce energy use throughout the month for lower bills all year round.

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Your smoke detector is one of the best lines of defense in your home but waking up to a beeping smoke detector in the middle of the night only to find there isn’t a fire may make you want to rip it from the ceiling. If your smoke detector is making noise when it shouldn’t be, these three reasons might be the culprit.

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If you have a snowblower, you know how you depend on it when the forecast calls for a heavy snowfall, especially if you live on a corner lot or have a long driveway. The machine makes the job of removing that snow and buildup of drifts a job you can handle. If you have a snowblower or plan to buy one, budget the time and money to tune up the machine so it’s always on call and ready to use.

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I built one at Hive76, a "maker space" — a member-owned workshop and tinkerer's paradise, located in a former factory building in Philadelphia.

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After living in a home or apartment with motion-sensing switches, it’s a safety convenience you take for granted. Whether you’re finding your way on a dark walkway outside or entering a room at night, a light switch with a sensor that turns on when it detects motion is very helpful. These sensors anticipate movement and make it safe going down a dark staircase to the basement, in public bathrooms and even while cruising the lighted freezer section in grocery stores; they conserve energy while providing instant lighting.

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