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The Danger of Gas Generators

Gas generators can be fatal if you use them inside your home. I don't care if it's in a house with open windows or in the garage with the door open. Just don't do it. As the CPSC reminds us: "Portable gas generators, often used by consumers to restore power to their homes and businesses in the aftermath of a storm, produce high levels of deadly carbon monoxide (CO)." CPSC warns consumers that generators should be used outdoors only, far from doors, windows and vents that could allow CO to come indoors." This reminder is especially important during hurricane season.

Don't let your tools get rusty waiting for you start a project.

10 Tips to Avoid DIY Procrastination

Some home improvement projects need more than a little Nike-like, "just do it" encouragement. "I'll Get Around to It!" is a great article on BeJane.com that examines why we procrastinate and why delaying daunting tasks only makes them harder. It also gives some useful techniques to enable you to tackle new projects without hesitation.

One tip, for instance, is one that I can relate to: Avoid perfection. "Perfection is essential when it comes to building a space shuttle," the article says, "but not so much when painting your bedroom. If you're a bit of a perfectionist it's probably affecting your ability to start a project. Learn to ease up on yourself. Perfection in home improvement is a relatively unachievable goal, so don't convince yourself otherwise."

Point well taken. I guess I shouldn't obsess over getting the painter's tape just right.

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