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Have you ever found your vacuum hose connections stuck so hard together that it was difficult to separate them? The solution is simple: spray the ends of the connections with non-stick food spray.

It’s spring and that means it’s time to start your outdoor grilling. Two quick tips: First, never wear long-sleeve shirts when grilling. The cloth can catch on fire. Second, apply non-stick cooking spray to the grill’s rack before you begin cooking. This will keep your meats from sticking to the grill and make for easier cleanup.

If you have an older refrigerator, you need to check your door seals. It’s important to do this to save energy and extend the life of your compressor. The simplest way to do this is to take a flashlight, turn it on, and leave it inside the refrigerator aimed at the seals. Close the door and see if any light is escaping.

Tim Thompson lives in Gainesville. E-mail Tim your ideas for tips, tools or tricks.
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