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  • 5 Things Every Driver Should Know About Motor Oil
    motorists can easily find high quality motor oil when they shop The program is a testing procedure that determines an oil s overall quality based on specific benchmarks If approved the MOM symbol is stamped either on the product or at oil change locations Keep an eye out for the MOM symbol when you shop Synthetic vs Mineral Generally motor oil falls into 3 categories mineral oil synthetic and semi synthetic or a mix of the two Synthetic oils are made using a more expensive chemical process than that used in mineral oil production so it tends to give an enhanced performance Synthetic oils flow more easily at start up temperatures tend to be more heat resistant and often contain more anti rusting additives Canadians may benefit from choosing synthetic during winter due to its superior cold weather starting Motorists should refer to their vehicle s owner manual to be sure which oil is best for their car While most manufacturers don t specify a specific brand they will specify the ideal grade or viscosity Viscosity Matters Viscosity is a measure of oil s thickness The viscosity index is shown on the label preceding the W for winter A thin oil has a lower number and flows more easily while thick oils have a higher number and are more resistant to flow Generally thicker oil seals better and maintains better lubrication between moving parts Thicker oil will perform better as it thins out under higher temperatures making it ideal for milder winters Thinner oil will perform the best in colder weather a 5 or 10W oil is typically recommended for winter use while 30 or 40W is recommended for milder conditions As with synthetic vs mineral motor oils what s most important is that you use the oil viscosity your car s owner manual recommends It Never Pays to Skimp on Oil Changes Some motorists may try to maintain their vehicles less frequently than recommended in an effort to save on costs but not following a dealer s maintenance recommendations could end up costing you more down the road The Canadian Automobile Association CAA recommends that you change the oil in your vehicle every 5 000 to 8 000 kilometers or every three months for good reason According to Emanuel Hilario Ground Service Equipment Lead Mechanic for American Eagle Airlines regular oil changes keep your engine clean and lubricated Neglecting oil changes cuts down the friction which can literally wear away parts of your engine causing it to fail While an average oil change costs between 30 50 which adds up to 120 200 over the course of a year to replace an entire engine could cost between 2 000 5 000 As well as consistent oil changes other maintenance practices like tire rotations air pressure checks filters and fluids require attentiveness to ensure a long life for your vehicle Avoid making an insurance claim keep up with regular motor oil changes and help prevent any mechanical issues that could

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  • What to Keep in Your Home Emergency Preparedness Kit
    canned spaghetti may lose it s appeal after a day or two Ensure your food supply is varied If you have a portable camping stove include it with some matches packed in a waterproof container for outdoor use as well as a manual can opener and disposable utensils Flashlights When the power goes out no one likes to be left in the dark In addition to flashlights include battery powered lanterns and candles which can illuminate a room for activities like reading or colouring If you have to evacuate in the dark having glow sticks on hand can help you keep track of your group Battery Powered Wind Up Radio When unusual conditions limit communications systems a battery powered or wind up radio can help keep you informed of local weather updates Ensure you ve got enough extra batteries on hand to last for 3 days use Personal Hygiene Items Going a few days without daily conveniences like running water means that keeping clean requires a little more creativity Stock your kit with hand sanitizer cleanser wipes tissues toothbrushes toothpaste and towels First Aid Kit Provided your family stays at home during an emergency and your home isn t damaged there isn t usually a major risk of injuries when unexpected emergencies hit However having a first aid kit ready will put your mind at ease Include basic medications like Acetaminophen Benadryl sterile gauze pads instant cold packs and band aids as well as any special needs items like prescription medications hearing aids and extra batteries glasses contact lenses etc Your Important Documents Keep copies of your insurance policies identification list of medications and doctor information in sealed waterproof containers to avoid problems later in case the originals get destroyed Your Family s Emergency Plan An emergency plan typically consists of the information that will enable your family members to get in touch with each other if you get split up Include each family member s cellphone and any alternative phone numbers in case reception is poor Also important to include in your family s emergency plan is a floor plan of your home Make note of all the possible exits from each room and draw up an evacuation route from your neighbourhood in case you need to leave quickly Optional Extras Don t forget to include some nice to have items to make living through an emergency a little more pleasant This could include board games a deck of cards colouring books favourite toys and book lights for individual activities Morale boosters are an important part of emergency preparedness too After you ve put together your emergency kit and made sure everyone in your household knows where to find it take the time to review your home insurance policies Emergency Preparedness Week could be an opportunity to contact your insurer to review your coverage and consider whether any changes are in order Desjardins Insurance offers a full range of home insurance coverage to adapt to your specific situation Want

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  • Advice for Staging Your Home - DGI Direct
    are inviting and can often make a room seem bigger If you need to repaint do so Any walls that haven t been painted in more than two years could probably benefit from a fresh coat Clear out the clutter Successful staging is all about making your home look spacious and encouraging potential buyers to imagine themselves living there It s hard to accomplish either of these things if there s clutter in the way Sell or store any items that add unnecessary clutter Experiment with different space saving techniques to make your place look as organized and tidy as possible Clean clean clean This one s a given If it s been a while since your last thorough spring cleaning now s the time to do so Consider hiring a professional cleaning company You want your house looking spic and span from top to bottom No one wants to move in to a dirty home Focus on the kitchen and bathroom These are the rooms buyers are likely to be the most concerned with Could your cabinets and counter tops use updating Rich wooden pantries and granite counter tops are major draws for buyers In the bathroom be sure to re caulk the areas around your bathtub and sink and shine the faucets If you have the budget consider upgrading your plumbing A little bit of remodelling can earn you a significant return on investment Invest in new flooring Speaking of worthwhile investments any worn out carpets or dated flooring should be replaced immediately Potential buyers will not be keen to buy if they know they will have to replace the flooring once they move in and they will likely lower the asking price It is always more worthwhile financially to replace the floors yourself than to leave it to the new home owners Light is your friend Whether natural or artificial more light is almost always a good thing Replace dead bulbs or low watt bulbs and install new light fixtures or floor lamps in any rooms that appear dark and dingy Keep the curtains open to invite the sunlight in Consider installing a chandelier for the dining room or living room The extra light combined with the elegance factor will make a huge impression on potential buyers It s all about the details If your house is clean and clutter free freshly painted and well lit and your kitchen bathroom and flooring are all up to date now it s time to focus on the details Seemingly minor finishing touches can leave a lasting impact on potential buyers Fresh linens in the bathroom throw pillows on the bed a bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter a vase of flowers in the hallway all these things give the impression of a polished well maintained home Don t underestimate the value of a well staged home When all is done you ll be amazed at how inviting and liveable your home looks Just in time for someone else

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  • Space-Saving Garage Storage Solutions
    creative solution can be used to drape heavy coils You ll need Buckets paint cans or galvanized buckets Screws and washers How to Drill three holes in a triangle pattern in the bottom of the bucket Fasten bucket to the wall using bolts or screws Strengthen the cut edges of the holes with washers Coil hose or extension cord around the bucket and store sprinkler or power bars inside Original idea via Martha Stewart Peg board tool wall Save your garage walls from nail holes and markings This pegboard serves as a tool wall on which to gather tools paintbrushes and twine Pegboard hardware comes in many different sizes and shapes so you can hang small and big items You ll need A pegboard Tape measure 1 X 3 inch furring strips thin strips of wood to raise surfaces from a wall Drill driver Wood screws Table saw Pegboard hangers How to Measure the width and height of the area you want to hang the pegboard then calculate the number of furring strips you ll need They should be spaced every 16 inches Cut furring strips fasten at 16 inch stud intervals along the wall If you need to trim your pegboard to a desired size do so with a table saw Screw it to the furring strips Decide what type of hardware to attach to your pegboard Add your chosen hardware and arrange tools Original idea via Bobvila com Lattice yard utensil rack Keep long handled yard tools secured against the wall with re purposed lattice framework and make spring yard work a grab and go job You ll need One piece of heavy duty lattice Screws and spacers S Hooks binder clips and broom clamps How to Screw the lattice section into the wall or a back of

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  • Simple Stress Management Tips for Healthy Driving - DGI Direct
    suppress melatonin our sleep hormone Get moving Making exercise a priority during the day can help you burn through nervous energy and it also triggers feel good endorphins that can last hours If a daily jog doesn t fit your schedule you can still benefit from a quick walk around the block or the office Walking briskly for 10 minutes can boost energy and stimulate concentration and two 10 minute walks per day can even boost your resistance to chronic diseases including stress Up your magnesium levels Getting up to 500 milligrams of magnesium per day can make for more relaxed muscles better sleep and better moods Up your intake of magnesium rich foods like wheat bran almonds cashews millet and avocado and cut back on alcohol salt and coffee which can actually deplete the body of magnesium If you experience chronic stress consider taking a daily magnesium supplement Make laughter a priority Like exercise laughter releases endorphins and decreases levels of stress causing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline As well as soothing the nervous system laughter also helps put things in perspective Humour can be a useful tool for staying mindful of what really matters and what s worth laughing off Make humour a part of your downtime by seeking out a great comedy series and spending time with friends who make you laugh Simplify your schedule No one benefits when you take on more than you can manage Work and other areas of your life can easily become neglected and tasks forgotten Rather than multi task prioritize and focus all your attention on one task at a time This ensures effective concentration and shifts your focus from the noise in your head Adopt an attitude of quality not quantity when it comes to your schedule When drivers

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  • 3 Easy Weekend Home Renovation Projects - DGI Direct
    to the inside edges of the side pieces and secure with finishing nails at each corner Glue on the back and secure with finishing nails After the box is dry sand prime and paint Mount a hanging bracket on the back of each and hang on the wall using a nail or screw directly into the wall through the back and paint the screws to cover Arrange shelves in a vertical line or in an irregular layout you see fit Original idea via DIY Life Mudroom Storage Bench In spring the mudroom can quickly get cluttered with wet jackets and dirty boots Stay neat and organized with this storage bench that doubles as a space to keep shoes and a spot to sit while pulling them off and on You ll need A sturdy wooden box or crate Four rolling casters One piece of plywood the same dimensions as the top of the box One length of upholstery foam 2 inches thick One length of fabric three inches larger than the plywood on all sides Mounting screws Scissors and a ruler Spray glue and a staple gun How to Turn the crate onto its side and screw one caster into each of its four corners with mounting screws Set aside Sand down the edges of the piece of plywood until smooth Place the foam down on the floor then place the plywood on top Cut the foam to match the size of the wood Place fabric face down on the floor and place the foam and then plywood on top centred Fold the fabric over the edges of the plywood tightly and staple the excess down to the underside Place the lid on the crate To protect the interior of your storage bench from water line the bottom with cookie

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  • Prepare For Daylight Savings Driving Hazards - DGI Direct
    necessary not just for drivers but pedestrians as well Since most of us don t immediately adjust our behaviour to account for less light it s everyone s responsibility to be more alert on the road at this time Here are some tips for avoiding traffic related accidents while you re getting used to the time change Put your health first Being alert in all your day to day activities when sleep is compromised requires a little extra diligence Coren recommends going to bed earlier on the day of the time change to minimize sleep debt most of us tend to awaken automatically with a bright morning Limit your exposure to light after bedtime and maximize exposure during the day to ensure a swift change of your internal clock Prepare your vehicle for darker driving conditions Ensure your headlights tail lights brake lights signal lights and windshield wipers are in working condition so you can see and be seen on the road Extra ways to keep your line of vision in the clear include brushing away all the snow from your car before driving and becoming familiar with the temperature and defrost settings Be aware of other drivers Just because you re alert doesn t mean others are Be aware of vehicles around you swaying from lane to lane and stopping abruptly and leave more following room between you and the car in front of you for more reaction time Be a conscious pedestrian Only cross the street at cross walks and avoid texting listening to your iPod or talking on the phone while crossing If walking at night or before sunrise make sure you can be easily seen with brightly coloured clothing The time change isn t the only potential driving hazard to be mindful of at this time

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  • 6 Unique Ways to Save Energy - DGI Direct
    like muslin and hang as close to the window as possible to lessen your reliance on a space heater 4 Collect rainwater Rain barrels can save you significant amounts of money in a season and not just if you re a gardener Rain barrels storage tanks that gather rainwater collect gallons of free soft water that doesn t contain chlorine lime or calcium making it ideal for window and car washing A rain barrel can also collect water to store for periods of drought in summer which can be used for multiple purposes from watering plants to topping off a swimming pool 5 Ensure your fireplace is efficient Wood burning fireplaces can warm up a room but they can also rob a house of heat by letting warmth escape through the chimney when not in use An open fireplace is like keeping a window open in the winter In addition to keeping the damper shut when you re not using it consider installing glass doors and a well fitted cover If you don t use your fireplace at all buy an inflatable fireplace insert a chimney balloon or fireplace plug to seal it 6 Take up gardening Spring is just around the corner and soon you won t be worried about keeping your house warm but rather keeping it cool You don t have to retrofit your house with a green roof to cool it naturally planting a few climbing vines and shade trees in your yard can reduce the maximum temperatures of your home by shading walls from the sun In addition to the insulation effect wall hugging vines and trees can reduce the temperature at wall surface by up to 5 degrees That means a lush landscape isn t just a pretty face for your property but a

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