Terry Caliendo

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June 10, 2019
Increasing the Life of Your Air Conditioner: How to Install a 'Hard Start' Kit

A/C Compressor is Mechanical An air conditioning unit's compressor, like anything mechanical, has a limited lifespan. After a given amount of use, the mechanical parts will wear out and subsequently need to be replaced. An air conditioner's compressor is highly mechanical and it is expensive to replace. Why Install A Hard Start Kit? A "Hard […]

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June 8, 2019
A/C Hard Start Kit: A $1,600 Per Hour Story

It was a hot day out here in sunny Las Vegas, and I finally decided it was time to have my A/C units checked. The A/C companies tell you to have your units checked every year, but I'm too cheap for that, especially in the first five years of the unit, when not much is […]

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October 24, 2017
Piedrafina Review - Care & Maintenance

In this article I will review my experience in care and maintenance of a brand-name marble product called Piedrafina.   Piedrafina Marble is the brand name for a man-made marble product, touted by the manufacturer, to be uasable in a multitude of residential and commercial applications such as: Bathroom Vanities, Tub Decks, Shower Surrounds, Walls, Fireplace Surrounds, […]

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September 20, 2017
Wilting Agave Died From Weevil Infestation

One of my agave plants wilted and died from a Weevil (a type of beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily) infestation.  Below is my story of how I discovered that Weevils had caused my Agave to droop, yellow, decay at the base, and subsequently die.  I also explain how I protect and prevent my other Agave plants from […]

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March 8, 2017
Buying A New Home From A Home Builder May Not Be What You Expect.

Buying a new house may not even be close to what you’d expect.  At least it wasn’t what I expected. I bought a new construction "custom-track" home from Touchstone Living in June of 2015.  I will be writing my review of Touchstone Living, a Las Vegas Home Bulder, detailing some of my experiences with their […]

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April 18, 2016
Touchstone Homes Development at Ft. Apache & Lone Mountain

I’ve written that I’m going to do a review on Touchstone Homes, the Las Vegas Home Builder from which I purchased my house in July of 2015.  While I haven’t had a chance to write that review yet (I’m also waiting for my 1-year “bumper-to-bumper” warranty to expire before I write it), I wanted to […]

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December 9, 2015
Backyard Discovery Montpelier Cedar Wooden Swing Set Assembly Tips

This article is part of a series of articles on my experience purchasing and building a swingset from Walmart.com. PLEASE NOTE: This article is not fully complete.  Additional edits, clarifications, pictures, etc still need to be added as I'm able to find time. As I've written in virtually all my other posts on putting together […]

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December 2, 2015
General Preparation & Assembly Guide for an Outdoor Big Backyard Swing Set

This article is part of a series of articles on my experience purchasing and building a swingset from Walmart.com. PLEASE NOTE: This article is not fully complete.  Additional edits, clarifications, pictures, etc still need to be added as I'm able to find time. Preparation & Assembly Outline First, I can tell you that the 25 […]

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November 19, 2015
Walmart Customer Service  & Shipping for my Backyard Discovery Swing Set

This article is part of a series of articles on my experience purchasing and building a swingset from Walmart.com. I purchased my Backyard Discovery swing set from Walmart.com, but the particular model and manufacturer I ended up with wasn’t my first choice.  Though they all look very similar, as though they are all built by the […]

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November 19, 2015
Ordering & Building a Swing Set from Walmart.com

We recently bought a new home with a big backyard for our “busy” son to have more room to wear himself out.  Here in Las Vegas, most backyards are quite small. We actually had to move out of Summerlin to be able to afford a bigger house with a sizeable backyard (a post I need […]

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