7 Easy Tips To Keep Your Garbage Disposal Spinning

We all love our garbage disposal but when it breaks down, it definitely becomes a love/hate relationship. We’ve scoured the blogs and professional opinions and we have a short list of ways to keep your disposal grinding away.

Easy maintenance tasks done every few weeks or months can really extend your garbage disposals life span.

  1. Really think about what you’re putting in there. Most food should be alright, but take note if the food is prone to absorbing water further, if its very hard or tough or if it might get really gunked up in cool water. Heavy and hard things like bones might break the mechanical parts of your disposal. Fats and oils can solidify in cold water and clog your pipes. Foods that absorb water will eventually turn into a gunked up clog.
  2. Cold water is best when grinding your waste up. You can absolutely use hot water at all other times, but cold water is recommended so that oils don’t melt and then solidify in the drain plug of the disposal. I personally run hot water after to push anything lingering further on down the drain.
  3. Clean it up! I like to use citrus peels and some dish soap to keep the disposal clean and smell free. You can put the peel and the soap in while the disposal is running and you can tell right
  4. Use an allen wrench to free up the disposal. Sometimes they get bound up or maybe you over did it when cleaning out the fridge. Don’t stress! Just grab an allen wrench and hand turn according to directions. Usually that will do the trick and you won’t burn out the motor! Win!
  5. Experts recommend keeping your disposal blades sharp by dropping some ice cubes down the disposal. It doesn’t take a long time but it does sound a little intense. Bonus feature- it’ll act as an abrasive and clean off any built up food from the blades and the housing.
  6. Did you know there are disposal cleaners? There are. But they are not to be confused with your standard drain cleaner- which have caustic chemicals that can/will damage your disposal’s seals and integral parts. Don’t do that. You love your disposal too much.
  7. Be very vigilant and cautious when you’re getting things that fall in to the deep, dark, slimy disposal. Set up a barricade, nail the kitchen door shut- do what you must do so that you don’t turn into a horror movie character and lose your pretty fingers. Please.

We are not plumbers nor are we disposal experts, mostly just parents who have had to take care of a few household maintenance issues. But if you’re looking- we do have a plumber we can recommend. These are just our real life bits of advice and some info from the pros. Please use common sense when trying to do any work on your disposal. If you think about it- its really a sink full of spinning knives… so safe.

For more information on proper use of your disposal, click here!

For a checklist to prepare your home for the colder months, click HERE!

If you have any other disposal tips or if you can think of a topic you’d like to hear about, please let us know in the comments.

 

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Posted on November 20, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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North Idaho Winter Driving Preparation

Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter. With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms!  Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful. Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the winter driving preparation tips below to help avoid winter sneaking up on you and those you love.

 

Preparation Tips for Winter:

 

Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:

~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers

~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW

 

Know How to Drive in the Snow and Ice

~ Start you vehicle early and scrape your windows each morning before heading out. It will ensure you will have a clear view of the roadway and keep you warm

~ Be smooth and slow in steering, breaking and accelerating. If you move the tires too quickly, they don’t have time to respond and you will end up sliding.

car on snowy road surrounded of green trees

~ Drive for the conditions – that means drive slower, accelerate slower, don’t stop if you can avoid it since accelerating back up may be difficult and leave additional room between you and the vehicle in front of you (Keep in mind that the larger the vehicle the longer it will take for it to stop)

~ Do not use cruise control because if your car skids or hydroplanes it accelerates to maintain the vehicles speed which will make it very difficult to remain in control of your vehicle.

~ Accelerate from a stop in 2nd gear because there is less torque and you’re less likely to spin the tire.

~ Know how to handle a hill, do not power up the hill or stop on your way up.

~ Drive in the snow pack next to the road to get more traction if the road is too icy

~ Remember that all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles do not stop faster or steer better on ice

~ Slow down when you approach intersections, off-ramps, bridges or anything that looks like it may be icy or where you will need to stop

~ If you end up behind a snow plow, slow down and give the plow extra room

~ Chain-up and removal areas are often where people are out of their vehicles so be sure to slow down and be vigilant in those areas

Practice driving in parking lots to learn how to handle your vehicle in a slide and get to know your breaks, that will help

tremendously in a real world situation

 

Have Basic Winter Survival Kit & Basic Winter Travel Gear in Your Vehicle:

~ You never know what you will run into when you drive away from your home each winter morning, so it’s best to always be prepared. The checklist below will make sure you have everything you need.

What to Keep in Your Car – Checklist

 

Know What to do in an Emergency:

Line of cars driving in snow

~ If you start to slide, first thing to do is stay calm! Avoid sudden movements. Do not turn your tires quickly, accelerate or break suddenly, it can cause you to loose traction. Look where you want to go and steer that direction. If you start

heading off the road, steer towards things that will cause the least amount of damage, such as an empty field or yard.

~ Find a roadside assistance company and plan that works for you. Check with your insurance provider and see if it’s comes with your plan or any possible discounts. Don’t forget to renew the policy! Many individuals let it expire and forget about it until it’s needed.

~ There may be a situation where you are stranded, maybe your vehicle broke down or you’ve slide off the road, and you need a tow truck or a ride. It’s good to have phone numbers saved in your phone in case you are at a location where you can’t access the internet. Below is a small list of tow companies and ride options in our area:

Note: Often with ridesharing options, such as Lyft and Uber, you must sign up and create an account to use their service. If you haven’t already, it would be a good idea for sign up for one so you have another ride option.

 

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:

~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank because condensation can form in the empty portion of the gas tank. In cold weather, that condensation will freeze then collect into icy blockages in your lines and make it difficult to start your vehicle.

 

Plan With Your Family:

~ Create a plan that works well with your family in case an emergency happens, especially if you have younger drivers

Empty road with snow on the ground

~ Go over it each year before the snow falls

 

Stay Informed:

~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages. Most local stations in your area will have weather alerts, but if you’re specifically looking for a weather channel, click here to find one in your area.

~ Check the weather frequently so you are prepared for its arrival

 

Check Your Tires:

~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm

~ Have the correct type of tires for the weather

~ Check tire pressure during cold weather. To do so, first find out what the recommended pressure is. Then after your tires have cooled, press the tire gauge directly into the tire vulvae and hold firmly (You should hear no air coming out). Based on what the gauge says, you could either release some air, add some or leave it. Check it frequently though winter.

 

Check out this video for additional recommendations and visuals to help with the tips listed above:

 

Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:

Get Ready for Freezing Temperatures & Snowfall

Get Ready for Winter Weather Driving

 

AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!

 

 

Sources: Washington State Dept of Transportation, Take the Winter by Storm, US Forest Service, Osceola Garage, Your Mechanic

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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We all Need a Break – Labor Day

Many enjoy Labor Day as a day off from work and the last bit of fun before summer ends. Many forget what it is we are celebrating… it was first created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the contributions and achievements of American workers. That day is set aside for the American worker to have a day of rest and to remember the importance of worker’s rights.

History

During the Industrial Revolution, many people were required to work 12 hour work days for 7 days a week just to make ends meet. In the late 1800’s, labor unions then became more active. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest the unfair wages, work environment and hours.

September 5th 1882 was the first Labor Day celebration. Many workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. 12 years later, on June 26th 1994, the American Railroad Union called to boycott all Pullman Railway cars. This caused a crippling of railroad traffic nationwide. To break this strike, the government sent troops to Chicago. This only caused a wave of riots and deaths of many workers. In an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, congress passed the act to make Labor Day a legal holiday. And on June 28th 1994, President Cleveland signed it into law.

Even after all this time, it is still unclear who the founder of the holiday is. Many credit Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, as the first to suggest it. But, many believe that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, was the first to propose the holiday.

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Labor Day Celebrations & Traditions

The Labor Day celebration has transformed a bit over the years. When it was first celebrated, the focus was on a parade. This was meant to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” and then a festival to follow. As time went on, speeches by prominent people were introduced.

In recent years, the celebrations have really began to change. As parades have become ever more difficult in city centers, the day has focused more on relaxing and having fun before summer is over and kids are back to school.

A common Labor Day celebration in North Idaho is Fall Fest! at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. It’s a weekend filled with beer, wine, cider, live music, and a soda tent for the kids.

Our National Forest

 

Many of us here in North Idaho use this last weekend of summer for family camping trips out in the National Forest. More about our National Forests

 

 

 

 

 

Boating on the lake is a special favorite of ours on this last weekend.  Taking in all the sunshine we can and enjoying live on the lake before kids go back to school and we prepare for fall.  More about Lake Coeur d’Alene

Boating on Lake CDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Others like to take advantage of all of the downtown events to choose from or just a weekend of shopping! Downtown CDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate Labor Day, enjoy your day off!

 

Credit: DOL, History, Constitution Daily

Posted on August 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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Tindall Faves: Burgers

The all-American classic: the burger. A lakeside town tucked in next to the Rockies is just the place you’d expect to have a great burger scene, and Coeur d’Alene does not disappoint.  

 

 

 

 

Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame

Once again, Nosworthy’s is our favorite all around establishment.  They are known for their burgers and they deliver every time. Everything is made to order, handcrafted goodness on a bun.  The Mootz Sister and King Kong are some of our favorites. For a keto friendly meal, try the Hoss burger with no bun. It’s excellent!  Be sure to come hungry too, as these burgers are quite the meal. We can’t say enough good things about Nosworthy’s. We love the food; we love the people there; and we just can’t get enough of our casual, old school Coeur d’Alene gathering spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

Hudsons

Hudsons has been around for over 100 years.  Their food is tasty and simple; they don’t need any extra flair! Their location in downtown Coeur d’Alene is quaint and comfortable.  Their bar allows customers to watch as they hand slice pickles and onions for each burger. A double cheeseburger, taken to-go and eaten in the park is the perfect choice to fulfill those summer burger cravings. Despite being a very burgercentric restaurant, they also offer some great breakfast options and phenomenal pies for those with a sweet tooth!  There’s a reason they’ve been voted top 10 across America for burgers…they are simply the best!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

Messy Burger

Located in Spirit Lake, Messy Burger has a great take on burgers.  They provide big, bold flavors in their small little location on main street.  The staff is always friendly and great at giving suggestions for what to order (there are A LOT of choices!) Their Drunken Cowboy and Southwest Mess are some of our favorite burgers there.  Grab a burger with fries and fry sauce and take it to go, or dine outside at their outdoor picnic table seating. There’s a reason this place is rated #1 for quick bites in Spirit Lake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasons of CDA

Seasons is one of the most upscale locations on our list.  With live music, a large bar, and a beautiful interior, Seasons is firing on all cylinders. Their menu is quite diverse, with burger and non-burger options.  All sauces for their burgers are made in house (we recommend their carmelized onion tarter!).Our favorite is the wonderful Kobe beef burger that is excellent with and without the bun.  With a convenient location right in the heart of downtown, and fresh local ingredients, it’s a no-brainer! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by: Penny’s Pit Rathdrum

Penny’s Pit

If you are not looking you can drive right by this gem.  Penny’s Pit is located in Rathdrum in a little strip mall next to a gas station.  Based on the location, you might have some doubts, but trust us; this place is an absolute must-visit. Their burgers, sandwiches and really, anything you might like to order are out of this world.  This very tiny establishment, run by a husband and wife team, makes all their food to order with fresh and tasty ingredients. Their portions are massive, so don’t worry about leaving hungry. It’s hard for us to pick favorites because we love everything on the menu, but some of the standouts to us are the Sinatra with gorgonzola cheese, the James Dean, and the Naked Lady (for our keto friends.)  You truly can’t go wrong with anything you might order. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!  

 

 

 

 

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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How is the North Idaho Market?

How is our local Real Estate Market?  What can we expect for our market for the rest of the year?  WHat are the indicators to watch ?

Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner shares his insights in the Gardner Report.

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Following a trend that started last fall, job growth in Idaho continues to moderate. The addition of 18,400 new jobs year-over-year represents an annual growth rate of 2.5%. This is to be expected at this point in the economic cycle, but it’s worth noting that the current rate of job growth remains well above the national average of 1.6%.

In May, the state unemployment rate was 2.8%, marginally lower than the 2.9% rate of a year ago. The state remains at full employment, though it is interesting to note that the employment rate remained below 3% even as the labor force rose 2%, suggesting that the economy remains very robust as there are still job openings to accommodate new workers.

Read the Full Report

Posted on August 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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Tindall Faves: Breakfast

When it comes to starting off your day right, Coeur d’Alene has you covered.  Not only do we have a great coffee scene, which we highlighted in a previous Tindall Faves, they also have some incredible breakfast options.  All possessing a classic, hometown feel, these breakfast stops are sure to leave you full and happy, without making too much of a dent in your wallet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame

It truly does not get any better than Nosworthy’s.  Whether we’re looking for a filling breakfast to start off the day, a burger for lunch, or a big schooner of beer, Nosworthy’s is always our top choice. It has a true home-town feel, with sports memorabilia filling the walls, friendly service, and huge plates to fill up on when we’re really hungry. Their outdoor seating makes it a great place for outdoor breakfast during summer mornings, or a drink in the fresh air at night.  Our favorites are the King Kong burger, Schweitzer omelett, and jojo’s with dip. Their diverse menu choices and consistent quality make them a perfect any-time go-to. We can’t recommend them enough!

 

 

 

 

     

 

The Garnet

The garnet is small, quaint and unique.  When you go inside, it feels like you’re at grandma’s, and their food follows in their environment. They have a great menu with plenty of options for everyone.  One of their shining stars is their homemade bread. With toast accompanying most breakfast options, it’s the perfect compliment to a salty, traditional breakfast, especially with their homemade lemon curd and raspberry jam! Everything they do never fails to impress.  Try their classic breakfast or their trout for a rustic and satisfying start to your day!

 

 

 

         

Jimmy’s Down the Street

There’s a reason Jimmy’s Down the Street has been featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  With a large menu and classic cafe decor, Jimmy’s Down the Street knocks it out of the park in the “busy cafe” category. The staff are always helpful and accommodating, with the owner often visiting each table to ensure the satisfaction of his customers.  Their corned beef hash is a must-have, and their gigantic cinnamon rolls are the perfect finish to a big breakfast. Enjoy their ample parking and fast service for a pleasant breakfast or lunch.

 

 

Le Peep

Le Peep is a great breakfast option with a unique environment.  Their patio overlooks the Spokane River in Riverstone, making it the perfect place to sit outside and look out over the water while enjoying a great meal.  We love to boat here during the summer and tie up at their dock. They have a large menu with lots of options, some of our favorites being their mexican breakfast, and any of their scrambles. Their locally sourced ingredients and big portion sizes just make these that much better.  They also have some of the best gluten free options in town! If you’re looking for a tasty breakfast with a view, this is the place to visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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Idaho Market Update

How does Idaho compare nationally and what can we expect for the rest of this year?

 

 

If you are wondering about the market, you are at the right spot!  Because we spend a lot of time digging into the information that will give good insight into our market and how it may effect Real Estate we thought you would find this interesting too! 

 

 

Did you know Idaho continues to outperform the nation in terms of economic vitality and will continue to do so for the balance of the year? 

 

Also our job growth rate continues to remain moderate.  And unemployment remains incredibly low….

All great pieces of information and good news to us!   Want to dig into the information a little deeper and find out more about housing.  How we are performing in relationship to last year and the counties who are showing growth?

 

 

 

Take a look at what Windermere’s Chief Economist has to say about Idaho.   Matthew Gardner shares a lot of great information about our state, here in the Gardner Report. 

 

Our chief economist shares valuable information on Idaho

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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Preparation for Winter Driving and Snow

Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter.  

With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms!   Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful. 

Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the below tips to help avoid winter from sneaking up on you and those you love.

 

 

Preparation Tips for Successfully Surviving the Winter:

 

Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:

~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers ~

~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW ~

Keep a Basic Winter Survival Kit in Your Vehicle:

~ Flashlight ~ Batteries ~ Blanket ~ Snacks ~

Water ~ Gloves ~ Boots ~ First-aid kit ~

Load Your Car with Basic Travel Gear:

~ Tire chains ~ Ice scraper/snowbrush ~ Jumper cables ~ Road flares ~

Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:

~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank ~

Plan With Your Family

~ Create a plan that works well with your family ~

~ Practice it each year before the snow falls ~

Stay Informed:

~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages ~

~ Know the weather approaching so you are prepared for its arrival ~

Check Your Tires:

~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm ~

~ Check tire pressure during cold weather ~

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Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:

Get Ready for Freezing Temperatures & Snowfall

Get Ready for Winter Weather Driving

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AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!

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Sources:

Washington State Dept of Transportation https://www.wsdot.com/winter/emergencykit.htm

Take the Winter by Storm https://takewinterbystorm.org/

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 12:21 am
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What is a SHOME?

We get a lot of questions about this. What… is a SHOME?

A SHOME is a shop + home. In this case a 40×60 shop with a large RV drive through bay on one side and a 1200 SQFT “home” on the other side. Viola, the SHOME. This is something you will find in Idaho and other rural areas.
Property is purchased with the intent of building the dream home. First a shop is erected so that there is a base for all of the future building. Then an apartment or living quarters are built as temporary housing. The plan is to then start the dream home.
Quite often the dream home never gets built and the SHOME becomes the home. Sometimes the Shome was the plan all along.  Here in Idaho we see beautiful Shomes with gorgeous high end finishes and all of the creature comforts that most people want. This shome offered 1 bedroom and 1 bath with a great room and large kitchen. Beautiful views and 20+ acres nearby national forest lands.
The challenge with the SHOME is being able to sell them like you would a home on acreage. Financing is limited and often Shomes don’t qualify for any financing. We were able to sell this SHOME quickly and get it financed. There were a few hoops but thankfully we had amazing clients on each side and our certified pre-owned program really paid off.
Have questions about Real Estate or the market in North Idaho? Get in touch with us, we are always happy to help. www.johnandtracey.com 
John and Tracey Tindall, Realtors
Windermere, Coeur d’Alene Realty
www.johnandtracey.com
208-818-2365 or 2456
Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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Homeowners Exemption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When buying a home for the first time you most likely want to save money any chance you get. It can seem like an overwhelming and never ending drain on your bank account. When you finally close on your new home you probably won’t want to even think about any more paperwork or transactions, but a quick trip to the County Assessor’s office to file a homeowner’s exemption will save you so much money each year in property tax. 

 

What is it ?  

An exemption that reduces the taxable value of your home up to a maximum of $100,000 in value.  

 

Why do I need it?  

By reducing the taxable value of your home, your taxes are much LESS and you SAVE!  If you have a mortgage, this savings will likely reduce your total monthly mortgage payment. 

Who Qualifies?  

If you live in your home at least 6 months out of the year as your primary residence, you qualify!  

 

When do I need to file?  

You must file by the 15th of April in 2018! 

 

Where do I file?

The county assessors office for the county in which you reside.

 

Remember:  Idaho is a non-disclosure state and this means that you do not have to share the value of your home with the county when you apply (what you paid for it)   

 

If you are not sure about your home owner exemption status,  give us a call and we would be happy to help you!  We are here to help!

 

TEAM TINDALL

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Posted on January 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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