Easy Car Maintenance you can do yourself

 

Easy Car Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

Easy Car Maintenance you can do yourself

Here at A Girl Rocks Life, we are big advocates of do-it-yourself projects and car maintenance falls into the DIY category.  Learn how to do simple car maintenance to help keep your car running smoothly. You will learn how to check your tire pressure, and how to check the fluids under the hood (Windshield Washer Fluid, Oil, Transmission, Power Steering, Brake Fluid, and Radiator). It is easy car maintenance you can do yourself.

This is created in partnership with Carscom. All opinions expressed are completely my own

Easy Car Maintenance

Learn how to check your tire pressure and the fluid level of the windshield washer, oil, transmission, brake, power steering, and the radiator. You will see how simple it is to care for your car. This is easy car maintenance you can do yourself.

 

How to Check the Tire Pressure

Properly inflated tires are crucial to your safety. You can find the recommended PSI (Pounds per square inch) for your tire written on the tire.

  • Locate the valve stem on the tire and unscrew the cover.
  • Take your tire pressure gauge and place the fitting on the valve stem of the tire, (allowing the meter to slide freely)
  • Read the gauge to determine the tire pressure.
  • If your tire pressure is low, use an air compressor to add air to your tire
  • Recheck the tire pressure to see if it’s at the recommended PSI
  • Replace valve stem covers
Easy Car Maintenance You can do yourself

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How to Check the Fluid Levels

When checking the fluid levels in your vehicle, it is best to check it when your car’s engine is cool, unless noted differently.

 

How To Fill the Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Locate the windshield washer fluid tank.
  • Remove the cap.
  • Check the level of windshield washer fluid.
  • If the fluid is low, add windshield washer fluid to the reservoir tank (In colder weather use a washer fluid with a de-icer).
  • Screw the windshield washer cap back on the tank.

 

How To Check the Oil Level

*** WARNING*** Never check your oil when the car is hot, wait for it to cool down before checking oil levels.

You will get inaccurate results from a hot engine. Grab a rag to use to wipe the dipstick clean.

  • Locate the Oil Dipstick on the engine block.
  • Pull the dipstick out of the holder and wipe clean with a rag or napkin
  • Replace the dipstick back into the holder.
  • Pull the dipstick back out of the holder and read the oil level line on the dipstick.
  • If the dipstick level is low, add oil to the engine.
  • Find the oil cap on the engine, and remove the cap.
  • Add oil to the proper quart level that your dipstick indicated was needed
  • Replace the oil cap on the engine
  • Check the dipstick again repeating the steps above, to make sure you added the proper amount needed

How To Change Your Oil

Changing your oil is an easy task to complete. I could explain the steps but I found a detailed guide that can explain it better than I can. To learn how to change your oil, you can find the more detailed, step-by-step guide here on Cars.com

Easy do-it-yourself car maintenace

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How To Check the Transmission Fluid

***WARNING*** Never check a cold transmission.

You should check your transmission fluid after your car has been running or while running.

  • Locate the transmission fluid dipstick on the transmission
  • Pull the dipstick out of the holder and wipe clean with a rag or napkin
  • Replace the transmission dipstick back into the holder
  • Pull the dipstick back out and read the transmission fluid level line located near the bottom of the dipstick
  • If the transmission fluid is low, add transmission fluid to the transmission

How To Check the Brake Fluid 

  • Find the Brake fluid reservoir tank
  • Remove the cap
  • Check the fluid level
  • If the level is low, add Brake Fluid Only to the reservoir tank
Easy Do-it-yourself car maintenance

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How To Check the Power Steering Fluid 

  • Locate the Power Steering tank
  • Remove the cap and check the fluid level
  • If the power steering fluid is low
  • Add Power steering fluid and replace cap

 

How To Fill The Radiator

  ***WARNING*** NEVER Remove the RADIATOR CAP from an overheating vehicle wait until your car is cool 

Seriously, you can do some serious damage to yourself or others by opening a hot radiator cap. Just thought I’d put that little warning in there because I have seen first-hand the damage an exploding radiator cap can do to a person. Believe me, it’s not pretty.

  • Locate the water reservoir tank next to the radiator
  • Check the fluid level inside the tank
  • If the fluid level is low add antifreeze/water to the reservoir tank, not the radiator, until its full
  • Replace the cap to the water reservoir tank

How to Properly Install a Car Seat

I know child car seats are technically not apart of car maintenance, but yet they are apart of the interior of the car. A car seat provides protection for a child while riding in the car, so I’m including car seat safety tips to keep your child safe. Every car seat is different in how it is installed, so it hard to give detailed instructions.

Some car seats can be confusing to install, so start by reading the manual. Make sure you read the car seat’s manual and the car owners manual section on car seats. You will be more confident that the car seat is installed correctly, if you actually read the manuals. Don’t forget to register your car seat so you can be alerted if there happens to be a recall. If you still are not sure how to install a car seat, ask for help. You should also check out how Cars.com properly installs different models of car seats. If you’re unsure if you’ have installed your child’s car seat correctly, schedule a car seat check in your area.

You have learned a few tips on easy car maintenance, next time you can do-it-yourself to save money and a trip to the service department. Doing regular maintenance on your car will keep it running smoothly for many more miles.

 

 

How To Clear A Clogged Drain Fast

How To Clear a Clogged Drain Fast

Posted by Stacey Smith | DIY

How To Clear a Clogged Drain Fast.

 

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A Girl Rocks Life is a Roto-Rooter Brand Ambassador. This is a partnered post.

Home maintenance is an important task to stay on top of. As a homeowner, I’ve learned that problems will arise around the house from time to time. Most of the problems are entirely preventable too, with regular home maintenance. Clogged pipes are a gross task to complete but an easy one to take care of if you know how. Learn how to clear a clogged drain fast.

Nothing is worse than a nasty clog. If you have a clog in your bathtub, it’s caused by hair and soap scum that builds up in your pipe, hence a clogged pipe. If the clog happens in the kitchen, it’s caused by grease, soap residue and bits of food that have gone down the drain. No matter where the clog is located, you want the clog gone fast.

 

How To Clear A Clogged Drain Fast

 

Clear a Clogged Drain

When your drain is clogged, you have a few options you can use to clear a clogged drain.

  • Option one, you could use a kitchen plunger. You will plunge, plunge, and plunge away until you have finally unclogged the drain. This method is labor intensive depending on the nature and stubbornness of the clog, and it can be a bit messy. I, personally do not recommend using option one, if you want a faster and easier method to unclog the drain.
  • Option two, grab a bottle of Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover for the easiest and fastest way to unclog your drain. Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover starts working immediately to clear blocked drains fast. The Gel formula is stronger than other brands and has a thick consistency to power through standing water to remove the most stubborn of clogs. Simply pour the clog remover directly into the drain, and wait at least 5 minutes to see if the clog has drained. It may take longer than 5 minutes and up to overnight to unclog the drain.

 

 

Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover

My entire family uses Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover to clear a clogged drain, and we have for many years. Roto-Rooter is the only clog remover we purchase because we know that it works fast. We trust that Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover will get the job done. They stand behind their products. Roto-Rooter guarantees that their products work, or it’s free. I like a company that stands behind their product. If you have a clog that Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover couldn’t power through, then go to their website to learn how to get a refund.

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Clearing a clogged drain is not the only plumbing issues that arise with home ownership. If you would like to learn about plumbing fixes you can do-it-yourself to save money. To learn more about Roto-Rooter and their complete line of products check out my post here, or you can go to their website.

 

What do you use to clear a clogged drain? Have you used Roto-Rooter products?
Tell me your experience with Roto-Rooter in the Comments!
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How to Style a Window Box to Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal

How to Style a Window Box to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

How tp style a window box to Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal

We all want our home to be picture perfect for guests. But have you given much thought to what your home looks like from your visitors eyes? Does your home need some help to enhance your curb appeal? Do you want to create a welcoming and inviting space for guests? Be the envy of the neighborhood with this easy, do-it-yourself project of how to style a window box.Learn how to style a window box to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

This is brought to you in partnership with Thompson Creek Windows and Bloggy Moms. All opinions expressed are unbiased and completely my own.

How to Style a Window Box to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

What you will need to create this yourself:

  • Window Planter Box
  • Spray Paint (your color choice)
  • 1-4 Bags of Potting Soil (depending on size of bag)
  • Flowers (Assorted Varieties)
  • Assorted Flower Pots (various sizes)
  • Window Box Brackets
  • Flower Pot Hanger
  • Hand Shovel
  • Drill (to attach planter brackets)
  • Tape measure
  • Level

Gather your Materials and Follow the Steps Below to Learn How to Style a Window Box to Enhance your Home’s Curb Appeal.

  1. I took an old window box, and spray painted it green.
  2. Once the paint is dry, fill the window box with potting soil about ¾ of the way full.
  3. Plant your flowers in the window box. Use a variety of sizes and flowers in your window box to create an eye-catching design.
  4. Repeat the same steps for the hanging flower pots.
  5. Once all of your window boxes and hanging pots are planted, Measure the window to center your window box along the window.
  6. Decide where you want to hang your window box under your window and
  7. Level your mark.
  8. Drill the window box brackets under your window (make sure it is level).
  9. Attach the window box to the brackets and check again to make sure it is level.
  10. Repeat the steps for the Hanging Flower Pot bracket.
  11. Hang your flower baskets.

 

How to Style a window box to Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal

I decided not to hang the window box. I set it on my porch to accent the porch window.

When to Replace your Windows

Are you wondering when to replace your windows? You need to inspect your windows to see if they have any of the following problems;

  • Drafts– If your windows are drafty, they are allowing heat to come in from the outside. You are pretty much throwing money out the window.
  • Single pane windows– Some older homes have single pane windows. Double pane windows have an insulating layer of gas between the panes; single pane windows do not have this benefit. Therefore they are less energy-efficient.
  • Frame condition– Older windows, especially wood windows, take a beating over time. Frames can become warped and cracked due to temperature fluctuations over time.
  • Inoperable windows– Often go hand-in-hand with poor frame condition, older windows can become inoperable. Your windows may not open due to sash wear, being painted shut under many layers of paint, or not remain open due to sash or balance problems.
  • Glass condition– Over time, seals between the two panes of glass can weaken and become broken. When seal failure occurs, the gas between the panes escapes and you lose the beneficial insulating properties. A sure sign of seal failure is fog or condensation on the inner glass.
  • Increased utility bills– Compare your energy bills from the last few years. Don’t look at the dollars spent- compare the kilowatt hours used in the same month over years. If you see an increase, that is an indication your home isn’t as energy-efficient as it once was. Some utility providers offer online usage analysis tools to help determine if your usage has increased.

If your windows have any of the above problems, then it is time to replace your windows.

Are you in need of New Windows for your Home?

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What have you done to spruce up your Homes Curb Appeal?

Do You Need to Replace some Old Windows?

Tell Me Below in the Comments.

This is brought to you in partnership with Thompson Creek Windows and Bloggy Moms. All opinions expressed are unbiased and completely my own.

8 Pet Party Ideas &

#PawtyPeople Contest

Pet Party

Pets come in many varieties and species. Whether you have a pet, or you just adore them, our furry friend’s like to play and have fun. Pets are apart of our family. They love us as much as we love them. They play with us, comfort us, and snuggle with us. Throw a pet party to show your pet how much you care.  Invite all their pet friends (and pet parents) over for a dog-tastic fun time.

This is created in partnership with Evite®. All Opinions expressed are completely my own

8 Pet Party Ideas

Unleash the Party Animals.There are many types of parties you can throw your pet.  Here are 8 Pet party ideas you can choose to throw for your pet. A birthday party, a spa day party, dog park party, a pool party, an obedience school graduation party, an adoption party, dress up party, and any occasion party.

Treat your four-legged friend to something extra-special by using one of Evite‘s invitations to help you with your pet party planning. They will keep track of RSVP’s, manage your guest lists, share photos during the event. It is easy to send all your contacts an invitation with or without an email, just share a link to your invitation in a text or on social media.

Pet Birthday Party

Our pets have a birthday just like we do. Whether it’s your pet’s 1st birthday or their 10th birthday, celebrate with a birthday party. Throw your pet a birthday party using Evite. They have the cutest invitations for you to send to your guests for your pets birthday party.

Pet Party

Photos courtesy of Evite

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Pet Party

 

Pet Spa Day

Our pets need a bath and their nails trimmed on a regular basis. So why not treat your pet and their friends to a spa day. Treat your pet and friends to a bath and a nail trimming with or without polish. Your pet will be beautiful before the day is over. They will thank you with lots of kisses for a day of pampering. Send your pet’s buddies a Spay Day Evite.

Pet Party

Dog Park Party

Pets like to have fun too. Whether it is playing with you or with other dogs, they want to have fun. They don’t realize that running around the dog park exploring is great exercise that all pets need. So host a party for your pet at the local dog park or in your backyard.

Pet Party

Pet Party

Pet Pool Party

It is the dog days of summer, and our pets want to cool off just as much as we do. Get your pets friends together for a pool party. Evite has the perfect pool party invitation for your pet to make a big splash.

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Obedience School Graduation Party

Congrats! Your pet just finished obedience school. It is time to celebrate your pet’s accomplishment with a party. Invite your friends and their pets over to celebrate with this invitation from Evite.

Pet Party

Pet Adoption Party

Every pet needs a fellow pet companion or If you do not own a pet, consider adopting one from your local shelter. Then you can throw an Adoption Party. When you adopt a pet, you want everyone to get to know your cute and lovable furball. So invite your friends and family over to meet the new addition to your family.

Pet Party

 

Pet Party

Dress Up Party

Pets dressed up in a costume is an adorable sight. Dress your pet up in a tuxedo or gown for an elegant evening. Host a costume party and see how your friends dress their pets.

Pet Party

Any Occasion

You do not need a reason to throw a party for your pet. Pets want to have fun just as much as we do. Invite your friends and their pets over for a get-together.

Pet Party Pet Party

Pet Party

No matter what type of party you choose to throw your pet, Evite has you covered. Pick out an adorable pet-themed invitation or greeting card and send it to your friends. Evite eases the stress of party planning by keeping track of your Rsvp’s, manage your guest list, send notes or photos before or during your event to your guest list. It is even easy to share your invitation with friends. If you don’t know their email, send them a link to your invitation or share it on social media.

Take this fun Pet Party Quiz to see

Which Pet Party Fits You?”

Enter the

#PawtyPeople

Pet Photo Contest

Is your Pet a Pawty Animal?

Prove It!

Enter Evite’s #PAWTYPEOPLE Pet Photo Contest!

To enter for a chance to win, Share a fun photo of how your pet explores summer (you can co-star), using the hashtag #PawtyPeople & #Contest on social media or enter below. The photo with the most votes will win a custom digital portrait of their pet by one of Evite’s designers. Plus, the winning pet will reach a new level of fame! The winning photo will be featured on an Evite Invitation on Evite.com. For a complete list of rules visit here.

Pawty People Photo Contest

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What Party Will You Throw Your Pet?

What Were Your Results to the “What Party Fits You Quiz” Above?

Tell Me Below in the Comments

 

Photos courtesy of Evite

This is created in partnership with Evite®. All the opinions expressed are completely my own.
Plumbing Fixes You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

Plumbing Fixes You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

Plumbing Fixes You Can Do Yourself to Save Money

As a Roto-Rooter Brand Ambassador, I will be sharing various ways you can do-it-yourself to fix common plumbing issues that arise around the house without calling a professional. There are many plumbing fixes you can do yourself to save money. Stay tuned as I share tips throughout the year.

This is brought to you in partnership with Roto-Rooter as a Brand Ambassador. All opinions expressed are unbiased and completely my own.

This is my 2nd post in a series of do-it-yourself plumbing problems that may arise. There are many plumbing fixes you can do yourself to save money. First off I am a pretty handy person, and I always try to fix any plumbing issues by myself without calling an expensive professional to fix it.

Plumbing issues arise around the house from time to time. That doesn’t mean you can’t handle it yourself. Especially if it’s plumbing fixes you can do yourself to save money.

Clear a Clogged Drain

Clogged drains happen. If you have a clogged drain, try unclogging it yourself. Try sticking a wire down the drain to clear the blockage (an untwisted wire clothes hanger works great). Most of the time the wire will pull up hair and scum buildup, allowing you to clear the drain. Sometimes you need more than a wire to clear the blockage. Use a plunger (a small kitchen plunger works great on sink and shower drains) to plunge the blockage away. When you have tried unsuccessfully to unclog your drain using the other methods, try a clog remover like Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover.