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  • Shower temperature adjustment

    Most Sun City homes have Moen shower faucets. These faucets have a feature called Posi-temp that allows you to set the maximum temperature. The temperature was set on installation so that when the handle is turned all the way counterclockwise, the temperature is ideal for showering. If this temperature is not correct, either because it has drifted or because it was not set properly on installation, you can adjust it to suit your needs.

  • Ask the Woodchucks: Basic heat transfer

    Heating and cooling your house is basic heat transfer. In the summer, you are collecting the heat in your house with the air conditioning evaporator located in your furnace. The heat is then pumped outside with the air conditioner refrigerant and dumped into the outside air through the condenser.

  • Fix a Leaky Sillcock

    You have two or more sillcocks on your house even if you don’t know the name sillcock. They are the outside faucets where you connect garden hoses and they often leak. If a sillcock leaks when the water is on you are in luck as the fix is relatively easy. This leak is caused by a loose packing nut.

  • Setting the water heater temperature

    How to I correctly set the water heater temperature? I believe it should be set around 120 degrees.

  • Ask the Woodchucks: May 18, 2017

    We’re new residents in Del Webb that are replacing our hardware. However, I’ve been unable to find a supplier of the garage door “spring” hinges (locally or online)!

  • Ask the Woodchucks: May 4, 2017

    I have gotten several emails over the last few years about problems with various light bulbs in the outdoor light fixtures controlled by the 911 flasher switch. Everything works fine with incandescent bulbs, but when residents try to be environmentally sound by using florescent (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) lights they see one of several problems.

  • How to Adjust a Sliding Glass Door

    We have an original patio door on a Geneva home that is about 15 years old. It is getting very hard to open and close as we have a dog and use it more often than perhaps most people.

  • Repairing hairline cracks

    What can I use to repair a small hairline crack in a Corian counter top?

  • Woodchucks furniture repair day: April 12

    Each year the Woodchucks usually hold two furniture repair days for residents. One is in April and one is in October. 30-40 Woodchucks are available in the shop on these days to repair loose chairs, broken tables, broken picture frames and other wooden items needing repair.

  • Ask the Woodchucks: March 9, 2017

    I am a new Del Webb resident and just read your article today on the Moen faucet warranty. In the article, you refer to the warranty for the windows in our homes here. I do not recall reading that article and would love to know about this warranty, and even what kind of windows are in our homes. Would you be so kind as to provide me with this information?

  • Ask the Woodchucks: Door Closer Adjustment

    The door to the garage on a Del Webb home is supposed to close by itself. Over time the springs on the hinges no longer work as they should. Is there any way to tighten these hinges or must one or more of them be replaced?

  • Moen faucets

    We told you about the manufacturer’s warranty on the windows in your house but did you know that if you have Moen faucets they are also warranted? Moen has a lifetime warranty on their faucets to the original owner, and not just in senior communities.

  • 911 locator light switch

    My neighbor’s porch and exterior garage lights won’t turn off (the emergency flasher is not engaged). Ace Hardware said they’ve had a number of requests for replacement switches, but can’t help.

  • Selecting furnace air filters

    Furnace filters were added to furnaces by the manufacturers to protect the blower and the heat exchangers from being fouled by contaminants in the air. Filter manufacturers differentiated their products by using various filter materials that removed more contaminants from the air, but at the expense of restricting the airflow.

  • Garage Access to Your House

    Did you ever want to give temporary access to your house to a visitor or a service person? If you have a keyless entry keypad on the outside of your garage, chances are it can be programmed to activate a four-digit PIN for a programmed number of hours or number of accesses after which it will expire and the PIN will no longer open the door.

  • Ask the Woodchucks: Vacation Checklist

    As many Sun City residents pack for warmer climates, it is important to spend an hour or so to get your house ready for winter. When you are going to be away for a week or more you should prepare your home so there will be no surprises on your return.

  • Takeaways from the Woodchucks at the Consumer Expo

    We went to the consumer expo on October 27 and spoke with several vendors who supply services like those we talk about in this column. These people are out there every day seeing the things people need repaired or replaced so they could give us a fresh perspective.

  • Washing machine money-savers

    Today’s tip is one that could save you tens of thousands of dollars, and many people are not aware of this potential hazard. It involves your washing machine.

  • Address numbers and door trouble

    I moved into Sun City about six months ago and would like to replace or repaint my faded address numbers. Is there anywhere that you know of that they can be purchased? If not, any hints as to what type of paint can be used for touching up the numbers?

  • Mice, and gophers, and bees, oh my!

    We have mice nesting in our bathroom vent pipe, and the attic insulation is riddled with tunnels, so I assume we may have mice in other ducts as well. The exterminator says to kill them, but we don’t want our house to stink of dead mice. Is there a way to drive them out other than by calling in the Pied Piper?

  • Refrigerator Preventative Maintenance

    There are several areas of a refrigerator that need to be maintained to keep it operating properly.

  • Fix a Leaky Sillcock

    The hose faucet in the garage leaks and leaves water puddles on the garage floor. Is there any easy way to fix it or do I have to call a plumber?

  • Mold, moss, mildew elimination

    This year we have accumulated quite a bit of mold on the siding on the shady side of the house. What is the best way to remove it?

  • Ask the Woodchucks: August 11, 2016

    We are residents of Sun City and I have a problem with the original 911 Light Switch. You have indicated in a previous article that Pass & Seymour have a replacement model. Before going that route, my problem is I just placed six, 4 watt LED blubs in the out outside fixtures. These are dimmer type but not used for the purpose of dimming.

  • Does Your Garage Door Always Close?

    There is photocell at the bottom of your garage door to protect your grandchildren from being hit by a closing garage door. Whenever you actuate the garage door opener to close your garage door, a small light mounted on the track about four inches from the floor turns on and shines across the door opening toward a photocell mounted on the track on the opposite side at the same height. If something blocks the light from hitting the photocell, the door opener immediately stops.

  • Refresh the Aging Hardware and Paint Inside Your House

    The plating on the door handles on several of the doors in my house has worn off and they look bad. It is worst on the outside of the room. I would like to take the new looking ones on the inside of the closet doors and swap them with the worn ones, but I don’t know how to do this.

  • Air Conditioner Maintenance

    The air conditioner unit on the outside of your house with the large fan pointing upward is called the condenser unit. It contains the compressor and the condenser heat exchanger. The condenser is like the radiator in your car. It has tubes that wrap around all four sides of the box.

  • Ask the Woodchucks: June 16, 2016

    Like many SC houses, our N-7 home features hardwood flooring. Three or four gaps (about one-quarter to one-half inch each) have appeared between hardwood flooring strips. Why is this happening? How can I close the gaps?

  • Garbage Disposal Problem

    Last week my garbage disposer stopped chopping. It just buzzed. Now it doesn’t make any noise. Do I need to replace it?

  • Ask the Woodchucks: May 19, 2016

    Our house was built in 1999 or 2000. The center bay window gas leaked out and condensation is inside. Can we find out who made the windows so I can buy a replacement? This is a Del Webb house. The garage door has windows. The two side windows of the bay are good. The inside frame opening is 46 ¾” wide by 70 ¾” high.