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  • Headlight Bulb Repair & Maintenance Tips
    a shop towel or microfibre cloth Seal the lens with a wax sealer Squeeze a quarter sized onto a micro fibre cloth apply to the lens from left to right Let it soak in for a few seconds Continue buffing until headlights look clear Headlight Replacement Procedure When replacing a headlight bulb the first step for any car owner should be to consult your car s manual and make sure you are able to accomplish the process In many cases the only tools necessary to change a headlight are a pair of pliers and a pair of latex gloves Step 1 Remove the defective bulb Open the hood of the car to locate the bulb connector sticking out of the back of the headlamp The connector will be held in place by one of three types of retainers a plastic ring which can be removed by unscrewing a metal tab which must be pulled off with pliers or a plastic tab in the connector itself which needs to be pushed toward the center of the connector while pulling the connector out Remove the retainer pull out the connector and change the bulb careful not to touch the glass Step 2 Clean the retainer This can be done using a clean cloth or a wire brush It will help your new bulb last longer Step 3 Insert the new bulb Making sure you re holding the new bulb at its base snap it into place in the connector and insert the retainer back into the vehicle Common Repair Procedures Cracked headlight lenses There are both liquid repair solutions and repair patches that can be used to repair cracks in headlight lenses While these repairs won t make the crack invisible they will effectively seal it preventing the crack from widening and moisture from entering Headlight housing The entire headlight assembly usually includes the turn signals and parking lights These are all replaced together as one unit Remove the connectors and bulbs as you would to replace the headlight bulb For smaller bulbs such as the turn signal bulb the socket is usually removed from the housing by a quarter turn Aligning headlights Whenever the headlight housings are replaced they should be aligned by a qualified mechanic Some headlight housings have bubble levels on them allowing for easy adjustment in the vertical direction The adjustment screw which is usually located next to those levels needs to be turned until the bubble is between the two lines Be sure to have the car parked on flat level ground when setting the vertical alignment of headlights Keep in Mind Safety First When repairing or replacing your headlights be aware of hot objects and sharp instruments Don t substitute tools unless you re sure you won t compromise your safety or the performance of your vehicle Keeping your headlights in top condition is of utmost importance in winter when visibility tends to be low for drivers Find out more ways you can keep your line

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  • Energy-Conserving Attic & Roof Insulation Tips
    building consider conducting a whole house energy audit A qualified home energy auditor will include an insulation check when conducting one If you only wish to seal leaks or add insulation in the attic make a plan The diagram on page 1 3 of the EnergyStar Guide to DIY Sealing and Insulating shows where leaks are common in the attic Create a sketch of your home to refer to once you re in the attic Seal large air leaks first You don t need to locate every single leak in your attic in order for your project to be impactful Refer to your sketch to be your guide to where leaks are likely where walls meet the attic floor dropped soffits and behind attic kneewalls Also keep an eye out for dark or dirty insulation which indicates dusty air is moving through it To begin sealing large gaps clear away the insulation in dropped soffits and scoop out Cut a 16 inch long piece of insulation and fold or roll it into a plastic garbage bag Plug stud cavities with the bag If it doesn t fill the space add more insulation to the bag To cover the soffit cut a length of your reflective foil a few inches longer than the opening to be covered Apply a bead of caulk around the opening and seal the foil to the frame Caulk small leaks Use expanding foam or caulk to seal smaller cracks around electrical boxes plumbing vent pipes or cracks in the wall beneath where insulation appears dark or dirty insulation When caulk is dry simply push the insulation back into place As a general rule if the cracks you are sealing are wider than 3 inches you ll need to insert some insulation into the gap to serve

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  • Ontario Driver's Licence Renewal
    also come with age Senior drivers may have years of experience behind the wheel the best judgement comes with experience Senior drivers have also shown they can adapt to the many changes that have occurred in roads and vehicles over the years These strengths should allow seniors to be confident in their renewal process Regularly assess physical and mental abilities When drivers are aware of and diligent about their personal health they are able to take the necessary steps to brush up on relevant driving skills CAA offers a two driving assessment tools one a simple worksheet and the other a more in depth interactive online assessment that includes a variety of visual mental and physical tests These are designed to help drivers get a sense of which areas of ability need improvement Improve your driving There are plenty of courses available for seniors who want to update their driving habits for today s traffic Whether in person or online driving refresher courses can teach about updated traffic laws and driving skills that take into account age related changes in vision hearing and other abilities One option is the 55 Alive Driver Refresher Course offered by the Canada Safety Council which is designed to help Canadians 55 years and over to maintain their independence confidence and driving privileges Find the right car for you When it comes to safe senior driving not all cars are created equal Choosing a car with features like larger mirrors and bigger windows can help all around vision Other features like automatic transmission power steering and power brakes are generally recommended for senior drivers Drive in optimal conditions One of the best ways to stay safe on the road regardless of age is to always drive under optimal conditions Some considerations may include avoiding long distance travel not driving on fast roads such as highways in busy town centers in the dark or in inclement weather Suboptimal conditions can also include the way you feel Driving while you re tired or otherwise not distracted is never a good idea It is important to know and understand your limitations when you are driving as confidence is key to safe driving even under the best of conditions Check your medications If you are managing any conditions that require medication it is essential that you know the side effects related to each drug Many medications including pain medications sleep medications antihistamines and muscle relaxants can affect driver safety even when you re feeling fine As a general rule if the label of your medication reads Do not use while operating heavy machinery a common warning do not drive while using it If you re unsure about the effects that your medication might have on your ability to drive safely consult your doctor Aside from driving a variety of others affect seniors day to day lives differently than others For more information on issues from protecting your wealth to travelling safe refer to the Desjardins Insurance page for seniors

    Original URL path: http://dgidirect.ca/car-tips/ontario-drivers-licence-renewal/ (2016-05-01)
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  • How to Protect Your Home During Hurricane Season
    and hardware and will cost about 500 00 for a double garage door You can install braces yourself if you have basic drill skills Roof If your roof is in disrepair before a hurricane you may not be covered for damage Don t wait for a hurricane warning or a leak to consider which roofing material is right for you Depending on what your roof is made of a replacement or repairs may be needed after 15 30 years Installing gutter guards and making sure exterior drains are free of debris can also help maintain your roof by preventing water from pooling Windows and doors The strongest doors to withstand strong winds have three hinges and a dead bolt lock with a bolt at least 2 5 cm long Hinges should be securely anchored to the wall framing with screws Double doors should be secured with both head and foot bolts Anti shatter weather protection film can be applied to the interior of window glass to reinforce windows While it may not be guaranteed to prevent glass from shattering it will hold broken glass in place if struck with debris preventing shards from blowing indoors It can also protect against water damage after glass breaks another serious concern during hurricanes Inside the home Check your attic s ventilation Vents on gable end walls and soffits on both eave and gable end walls provide entry points for water V ents can be fitted with storm panels or shutters similar to those used to protect windows These will be most effective if made of flat material that adheres tightly to the wall Prepare copies of important personal or financial documents and keep them in a safe or an alternate location such as inside your household emergency preparedness kit The most important part

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  • 8 Drives to See Ontario Fall Colours at their Best
    Railway For those who prefer to relax and leave the driving up to someone else this rail adventure offers an all day coach ride that travels 114 miles through Algoma wilderness alongside northern lakes and rivers Start off in Sault Ste Marie then head North into the vast mixed forests of the Canadian shield Hockley Valley Backroads Start in the historic town of Orangeville and take Highway 10 north to Hockley Rd where the option to enter the Bruce Trail is open Or continue straight on to the quaint Hockley Village and visit the General Store For a full itinerary refer to the Hills of the Headwaters website The Historic Opeongo Line The Opeongo Line was constructed as one of Ontario s colonization roads in the 1850 s Today some of the original log barns from the early settlements still dot the line Starting in Castelford take County road 20 to Renfrew then Highway 132 to Dacre At Dacre drive on one mile to the Opeongo line and continue west through the small Hamlets The Temiskgaming Loop Those looking for a weekend getaway can set off on this loop which extends into Quebec with a backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains Starting in North Bay and winding up Highway 11 to Temiskaming Shores this tour takes drivers through quiet scenic roads and communities that are full of unique history and many great spots to eat Peterborough and the Kawarthas Home to the well loved Butter Tart Trail the Kawartha Lakes region not only offers spectacular views but also some of the province s best treats Follow any section of Kawarthas Northumberland s family oriented Fall Colours Driving Tour which takes you through family farms the Trans Canada trail and more There are many more places in Ontario to see the beauty

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  • Fire Safety Rules Every Household Should Know
    cooking fire if a pot or pan catches fire put a properly fitting lid on to smother the flames Cover a shallow grease fire with baking soda Don t move a flaming pot or pan away from the stove as it could fan the flames and spread the fire Built up grease can easily catch fire so clean your pots and pants regularly Avoid overloading electrical outlets Only plug one heat producing or high wattage appliance into an electrical outlet at a time and unplug it before cleaning Be aware that p ulling on the cord too roughly can wear it out and increase the risk of an electrical shock or a fire Don t let electrical cords run underneath carpets and always keep cords away from water and heat sources If you do burn candles keep them 12 inches away from anything that might burn and make sure they are in a sturdy holder on a flat surface and won t tip over Especially during events such as Halloween and Christmas candles are used often in the household for various reasons Make sure everyone in your family knows the rules around candles or consider flameless candles for peace of mind Outdoor fire safety Outdoor grills and barbecues should be kept at least 3 metres away from windows and doors to prevent smoke from billowing inside the home Also make sure the barbecue is kept well away from low hanging tree branches wooden fences walls and overhangs Be mindful that dust and debris may accumulate inside the barbecue over winter Thoroughly inspect and clean before use and be prepared to replace your propane cylinder every 10 years find the date your cylinder was last qualified on its collar Sparks from lawnmowers and power equipment can start wildfires in the yard

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  • 5 Ways a Gutter Guard Improve Your Home & Yard
    the spring and one in fall This can be an expensive and risky process especially for older homeowners With gutter guards are installed cleanings are needed less frequently and are easier to accomplish simply removing debris from the surface of the guard is all that is needed to stay clog free A protected better protected garden Water falling into your garden and yard can destroy delicate flowers plants and grass and cause soil erosion from around the perimeter of your home In fall raking leaves from a property can be demanding for some Pairing this with the messy clean up of soil erosion makes fall home maintenance more time consuming A nest free gutter Clogged gutters become filled with materials for birds and rodents to build nests with If you want to keep pests from damaging your garden in summer a gutter guard can prevent them from making themselves at home around your property in the first place Clogged gutters can also become a breeding ground for insects like mosquitos bees and termites which pose a health hazard to your family and your home s structural integrity Less freezing in winter Freezing temperatures combined with warm temperatures from your attic will bring about a cycle of freezing melting and refreezing on your roof As a result ice dams and icicles form When a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof melting snow is prevented from draining off and the water that backs up behind the ridge can leak into the home Gutter guards may not prevent damming or icicles from forming but they help prevent their build up off the sides of your house Consider a gutter guard as you begin weatherproofing your home for the cold season You may find out that it plays a valuable

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  • Beginner Tips for Car Auctions
    inside it If it s messy it s likely the vehicle didn t receive proper maintenance during it s previous life If possible bring a mechanic with you or a friend who has good knowledge of cars and can spot a repair Create a budget Find out as much as you can about necessary repairs during an inspection and factor these into how much you re willing to spend on a car A car that needs some repair may still be worthwhile if the purchase price is low enough but you will have to estimate how much it will be Bear in mind that cars at an auction are sold as is with no guarantees and no warranty Find out which fees apply Read the auction terms and conditions before you go to make sure you re clear on what fees are charged On top of the bid amount cars sold at auctions include sales taxes and or a buyer s premium and other fees Check the VIN For any car you re interested in take note of the VIN vehicle identification number located on the driver s side of the interior dash Then check other places where the VIN might appear in the trunk under the spare tire on the driver door jam or the back wheel well If the numbers don t match it s possible that the car has been in an accident and rebuilt which could indicate structural problems down the road Resist the urge to get competitive If you end up in a bidding match with another person at the end of an auction it s only the auction house who wins Know your budget and stick to it The goal of going to a car auction is to get a used vehicle for a

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