Future House | Home Organization App

Future House | Home Organization App
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Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey demonstrates a home organization app that stores appliance and device information.

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Cost: Free

Skill Level: Beginner

Steps:
1. Download the Centriq app from the App Store, GooglePlay, or via text message through their website.
2. Scan the name plates on appliances in your home. You can usually find the name plate underneath or inside each appliance.
3. The app will automatically download all relevant information, manuals, and warranty information.

Resources:
Ross demonstrated the home organization app Centriq, which is available for download on the App Store, GooglePlay, and via text message through their website (https://centriqhome.com ).

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How to Install a Water Conditioner

How to Install a Water Conditioner
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Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a water conditioner to combat hard water

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Time: 2-3 hours

Cost: $1000 and Up

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List for Installing a Water Conditioner:
Pipe cutter
Drill driver
Level
Tape measure

Shopping List:
Citrus conditioner system
Scrap plywood
Screws
Sandpaper
Solder
Flux
Pipe
Pipe fittings
Rags

Steps:
1. Before doing any work on the plumbing system, ensure that water is turned off at the main shutoff.
2. Locate an area on the wall near the water main where the citrus conditioner can be installed. Ensure the location has enough clearance for the filters to be easily changed.
3. Locate studs in the wall and mount a piece of scrap wood to the structure to serve as a backer for the conditioner using a drill driver and screws.
4. Assemble the citrus conditioner using the instructions with the kit. Screw the mounting brackets to the heads of the filter, then attach the unit into the plywood backer board on the wall.
5. Measure, cut, and dry fit the pipes to connect the main water line to the conditioner. Cut the pipes with the pipe cutter and clean the ends with sandpaper before dry fitting.
6. Disassemble the pieces, apply flux to the pipe and fittings, and then solder the connections.
7. Install the cartridges to the filter. The carbon filter should be installed immediately downstream from the main water shutoff, and the citrus conditioner should be installed downstream from that. The kit comes with a wrench that can tighten the cartridge to the filter.
8. Turn the water back on and check for leaks.

Resources:
Richard installed a citrus conditioner manufactured by Nuvo (https://www.nuvoh2o.com )

Other supplies and materials for this project, including solder, flux, copper pipe and couplings, and the plywood backing are sold at home centers and plumbing supply houses.

Expert assistance with this project was provided by Grand Canyon National Park (https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm), Just Plumbing Services, Inc. (http://justplumbingservicesinc.com ), and Morris Merchants (http://www.morrismerchants.com)

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Pumpkin Hard Cider Cheese Dip | Food Network

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Pumpkin Hard Cider Cheese Dip | Food Network
This cheesy appetizer is packed with fall flavors.

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Pumpkin-Hard Cider Cheese Dip
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 clove garlic, minced
1 12-ounce bottle hard cider
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
Chopped fresh chives, for topping

Directions

Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and garlic; cook, stirring, until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the cider, pumpkin puree, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pie spice and cayenne until smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes.

Gradually whisk in the cream cheese and cheddar until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer the dip to a bowl; top with the bacon and chives.

Serve with sliced apples or raisin-nut bread.

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How to Make Sandia Loca | Food Network

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How to Make Sandia Loca | Food Network
This Mexican-style watermelon is a feast for the eyes.

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