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    ACUMEN (ə'kyu mən) - (noun) - The ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight; keen insight; shrewdness

    From Latin: Sharpness, from acuere to sharpen from acus needle

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    Removable Cargo Liners - A Head To Head Comparison

    Consumer Acumen recently reviewed removable cargo liners for SUV’s and Mini Vans. With the increase in DIYers, there has been a growth in the search for affordable and effective ways to protect the inner parts of your SUV or Minivan, while maximizing cargo space usability. 

    We compared several cargo liners on the market, including Interatarp, Huskyliners, Weathertech and BoxTarp At the end of the day, BoxTarp came out as the clearcut winner. 

    Unlike  Weathertech™ and Huskyliners™, BoxTarp™ is constructed with a super strong polyethylene tarp material, with nylon webbing and rust proof grommets.  When compared to Interatarp™ the BoxTarp™ came out on top again due to it being designed to protect the entire interior of the SUV or Minivan. Once installed, the floor, side walls, headliner and backs of the seats are completely protected from being damaged by your cargo. Furthermore, unlike other liners, the driver is also protected from moving cargo by the superior construction of the BoxTarp™. This added level of safety is enough to tip the scales in favour of BoxTarp™ over competitor removable cargo liners such as  Interatarp™, Huskyliners™, Weathertech™.   

    Here is some promo information we found on the BoxTarp 

    Useage:   The BoxTarp™ is suspended open in the back of the vehicle with ball bungees attached to suction cups that adhere to the windows.   Once set up in the back of your SUV or mini-van, you can load in all types of cargo, from reno waste, to yard trimmings to muddy soccer balls.   There is also a rear flap that can be draped over the bumper for added protection or tucked around your load for added security. 

    Size:  There are 2 sizes available:  the BoxTarp™ which fits regular sized SUVs and mini-vans and the BoxTarpPlus™ which is designed for larger SUVs and mini-vans when you want to fully maximize your cargo space.  

    Price:  The price is very affordable.  The BoxTarp™ sells for $74.99 and comes in Black/Silver, Silver/Black or Yellow.   The BoxTarpPlus™ sells for $99.99 and comes in Black/Silver. 

    In our opinion, the BoxTarp™ removable cargo liner is the most practical and inexpensive removable cargo liner for minivans and SUV’s on the market today.

    MY FURNACE WON'T START - TROUBLE SHOOTING A GAS FURNACE

     

    With the cooler weather here, many homeowners are now sparking up their furnace for the first time in about 10 months. Usually this happens once the cold hits leaving many weary homeowners in a panicked state wondering how to trouble shoot their gas furnace which will not start.

    A friend of mine just came to me with that very same situation, so I decided to post this informational article on how to trouble shoot your gas furnace. The most common cause for a gas furnace not starting is a faulty thermocouple. This has occurred to me at least once and has also happened to another friend of mine last year. The fix for a faulty gas furnace thermocouple (or Flame Sensor) is really quite easy and does not require any special tools or knowledge. The furnace part required to fix your gas furnace thermocouple is easily obtained at your local hardware store and usually costs less than $20.

    As I mentioned, replacing the gas furnace flame sensor is quite easy and requires only a screw driver and a wrench. As with anything involving gas and electricity, you should shut off both the gas supply and the electrical supply to the furnace BEFORE YOU START ANY WORK. If you are unsure of yourself, you should always contact a professional furnace repair technician.

     

    Gas Furnace Produces No Heat

     

    Possible Causes

  • Thermostat set too low and no calling for heat

  • Thermostat not working

  • Circuit breaker or fuse controlling the furnace is tripped or blown

  • Natural gas or propane control valve is closed

  • Pilot light is out

     

    Possible Repairs

  • Check that thermostat is in heat mode and has appropriate temperature setting

  • Try moving dial setting up or down a few degrees

  • Clean contacts in thermostat if it is a non-digital type

  • Reset tripped circuit breaker

  • Replace blown fuse

  • Relight pilot light

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    Gas Furnace Does Not Produce Enough Heat

     

    Possible Causes

  • Dirty furnace air filter

  • Gas burners may be dirty or need adjustment

     

    Possible Repairs

  • Replace dirty air filter

  • Call furnace service technician to have burners adjusted.

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    Gas Furnace Comes On and Off Too Frequently

     

    Possible Causes

  • Dirty furnace air filter

  • Blower motor problem

  • Thermostat problem (heat anticipator)

     

    Possible Repairs

  • Adjust thermostat heat anticipator

  • Replace dirty air filter

  • Oil blower motor lubrication ports (usually at each end of shaft) with light weight oil

  • Check for proper belt tension. Belt should depress about 1" at center of span.

  • If too loose, tighten belt.

  • Replace frayed belt.

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    Blower Does Not Turn Off - Always Running

     

    Possible Causes

  • Thermostat set to fan continuous

  • Faulty fan limit control switch on furnace (if thermostat has no fan setting)

     

    Possible Repairs

  • Change thermostat fan setting

  • Reset or replace furnace fan limit control switch

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    Gas Furnace Has Noisy Operation

     

    Possible Causes

  • Higher pitched "squealing" sound may be caused by slipping blower belt or motor or shaft bearings in need of oiling

  • Lower pitched "rumble" sound may be caused by a poorly adjusted pilot light if this problem occurs with the burners off.

  • Lower pitched "rumble" sound may be caused by dirty gas burners if the problem occurs with the burners on.

     

    Possible Repairs

  • Oil blower motor lubrication ports (usually at each end of shaft) with light weight oil

  • Check for proper belt tension. Belt should depress about 1" at center of span.

  • If too loose, tighten belt.

  • Replace frayed belt.

  • Adjust pilot light

  • Call furnace service technician to have burners adjusted or cleaned.

  • The thermocouple may also be faulty and is shutting off the gas
     

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