Remodeling Tips: 26 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Are you renovating your home? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure you do it right the first time. Home projects can take a big bite out of your budget and your time if they’re not done properly. Here are some of the most common home renovations mistakes to avoid:

1. Setting an unrealistic budget

Renovations often cost more than expected. Build in an extra 20{2a3e680f1439d15db2efa1f6e7ed882a5847e72ec9baddde754e69dd847cc2fd} to your budget to be better prepared for any surprises.

2. Not complementing the original architectural style

Additions don’t need to be the same style as the original structure. However, they do need to complement it to help with resale value and to look and feel great while you’re living in them.

3. Sacrificing function for form

Think about how you’ll actually live in the space. Consider door, window, and outlet placement, as well as traffic patterns throughout the home.… Read more

What Your Car Emergency Kit Should Have

It’s one of a driver’s worst fears: A dead battery or alternator, a blown gasket, your car ran out of gas, or any number of other car troubles that leave you stranded on an empty stretch of road. For winter drivers, there’s also the possibility of sliding off an icy road into a snowbank.

In such a scenario, having a car safety kit with the right components can mean the difference in keeping you and your passengers safe and sound until aid arrives. Depending on the problem, the proper tools can also get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

While some items should be found in every trunk, not every roadside emergency kit is built the same. Tailor it to the type and condition of your vehicle, as well as the weather where you typically travel. With the unpredictability of winter weather, even drivers in … Read more

5 Tips on How to Run a Successful Virtual Meeting

Given that 62{2a3e680f1439d15db2efa1f6e7ed882a5847e72ec9baddde754e69dd847cc2fd} of U.S. employees have worked from home in some capacity this year, videoconferencing has seemingly become a part of everyday life.[1]While an online meeting offers a useful, flexible way to keep work moving forward, many people struggle to avoid distractions and maintain professionalism when meeting remotely.

Learning how to conduct an online meeting — and how to be a good web meeting attendee — is crucial. Online meetings sound intuitive, but you may be overlooking a number of important things. To make your next work gathering a success, consider the following remote meeting tips.

1. Choose an online meeting app

There are many online meeting apps.  All of them operate fairly similarly. Chances are you’ll use one of the more popular communication apps out there, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or WebEx. Note that your employer may require that you use a specific program to … Read more

How Do Car Engines Work?

Despite their relatively easy operation, cars are actually very complex machines.  Cars need fuel to operate, but what does the engine actually do with it?

In general, a standard internal combustion engine — what the majority of fuel-powered vehicles have today — uses air combined with gasoline to produce power.[1] Of course, it gets more complicated.

Components of an engine

Before diving into how a car engine functions, it will help to learn its basic anatomy (also critical if you need to perform any car maintenance). Take a look at the car engine diagram below, then review the list of the engine’s main components and their function:


  • Engine block: Typically made of iron or aluminum, the engine block houses the majority of the parts that make the engine run, including the cylinders, pistons, crankshaft and camshaft.[2] (If you’re popping open the hood, the engine block will
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How to Pay Insurance Premiums

No matter what type insurance policy and coverage you have, paying your insurance premium is easy. There are several ways to keep your account up-to-date, whether you choose to pay in full or in installments.

1. Through online bill pay. Visit your insurance provider’s website. On their website you can create an account or log in. This will give you access to pay your bill, set-up automatic bill pay, manage your policies, and learn about products and services available to you. Nationwide provides online payment for personal insurance and business insurance policyholders.

2. By mail. Send your payment slip and check to the address on your most recent bill.

3. By Phone. Call the number on your bill to pay your account by phone. Be sure to have your debit card or checking account information available when you call.

4. In person. If you prefer to hand your check … Read more