Checking out contractors before you hire them

Contractor's toolbox with tools

If you’re thinking of hiring a contractor to do some work for you, there are several ways to avoid ending up with a bad one. Ask people you know. But remember: just because someone’s a really great soccer coach to your kids does not mean he knows how to tell a good contractor from a …

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Burning plastic smell coming from your refrigerator?

Inside of refrigerator

Tonight, I discovered my refrigerator was emitting a burning plastic or rubber sort of smell, and the kitchen was hazy with something smoke-like, but more white (it may have been smoke, I don’t know). I pulled it out and unplugged it, and eventually aired the toxic fumes out of the apartment. Apparently, this happens all …

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