Sliding patio doors can often be the weak link in an otherwise secure house. Be sure to use security bars for added protection on sliding doors and keep them locked when not in use. There are two primary types of security bars: one for standard doors and one for sliding patio doors. Look for a security bar with a patented locking device that can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force. Patio door security bars should also prevent thieves from lifting the door off the track.
You can attach a length of soft copper tubing to extend the reach of a blow gun nozzle used with an air compressor. The extra length will allow you to clean out motors and interior machine parts without getting a face full of dust. The end of the tubing can be bent to reach around the back side of motors or into other hard-to-reach areas. Use a wet/dry vac along with the blow gun to help keep dust out of the shop.